Whether its policing, transport or education, we will keep on improving the infrastructure and facilities that we all need on a daily basis to support our wonderful way of life and communities.
In a rural environment many of us feel isolated so services need to reach those that are either venerable or do not have the support they need. Policing for instance has changed dramatically in recent years, with less visible presence than we used to see. I welcome the increase in the police precept to give the police the resources they need to put more officers on the street and the security that we want to see in our towns and villages.
Transport is a key concern to many people I speak to. For many of our rural communities, buses are a lifeline for many to get to work, school, to appointments and to see friends. I hugely support the amazing work our community transport services provide, and can first hand say how the North Norfolk Community Transport team are not only an amazing organisation but brilliant team. We need to support more groups like this in our community.
I was delighted as everyone was with the news that the Poppy Line railway was to receive £1 million of upgrade work to take the new bi-mode trains in 2019. This is exactly what I want to see: North Norfolk at the front of the queue receiving the funding to improve its key infrastructure, not lagging behind the curve.
Equally our roads need investment and we have seen significant upgrade work throughout some of our towns thanks to the funding from the Department of Transport. It's my work for a decade on local councils, and the relationships and contacts I’ve forged that will stand us in good stead to push for continual improvements in our infrastructure over the years. I support the roundabout improvements we’ve seen in Cromer and Holt and am keen to see further work to make the junction at the top of Holway Road in Sheringham safer.
We have many brilliant schools across the constituency, with talented teachers and young people alike. I want to support towns and villages in need of more education facilities and support drivers of education who are making a real difference in our communities. North Walsham High School's mentoring scheme that offers guidance and help to young people setting out on their career path is a passion of mine, and a programme I have actively participated in.
Public services and the infrastructure to deliver them must be delivered to the people of North Norfolk. I want to see us getting what we are entitled to, with investment opportunities only a sitting MP who is part of the government can achieve.