• Busy

    Mid Devon Advertiser
    20 July 2018

    Last week I was out and about right across our vast constituency – it takes over an hour to drive from one side to the other. In Lapford I met up with Claire Wilmott Head Teacher at the local primary. We toured this happy school and discussed a number of issues including the need for a replacement for one of the classroom buildings. I have agreed to provide my continued support for government funding. The school has been classified as Good by OFSTED and along with the excellent teaching standards boasts some fantastic outdoor space. It is part of an academy chain along with 2 other schools and this helps to provide a level of support for each school that would not otherwise be possible. In Newton St Cyres I visited the brand new school which has been built with government funding. This stunning light and airy space has an uplifting feel to it that hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Compared with the old Victorian buildings that it has replaced this is a wonderful new addition to the village. Talking of great new buildings I was really pleased to visit the newly renovated residential home Mulberry House in Bovey Tracey. Jean Simpson the home’s manager gave Bovey Mayor Avril Kerswell and myself a tour of this special place which will accommodate over 40 clients in the coming months. In Ashburton I was pleased to meet up with the local post office to discuss the progress that we are jointly making in moving forward with our agenda to support high streets. I continue to work within the Treasury on possible future measures to provide support and Ashburton Post Master Stuart Rogers and his team continue to do an amazing job to support the local community – hosting the local library, providing income to local projects as a result of the use its cash point machine and much more. I have supported Stuart to ensure that in Westminster there is an All Party Parliamentary Group to support Post Offices and high streets. It was a pleasure to join him and other local traders in their collective support of Ashburton’s entry in the Great British High Street Awards for this year. In North Bovey I visited the Ring O’ Bells pub which is now well and truly open after the terrible fire which destroyed so much of it a couple of years ago. Richard Edlmann and his wife have done an amazing job to make this one of the most inviting and attractive pubs in Devon – highly recommended for drinks, food and as a place to stay. I also spoke in support of North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones at an evening speaker engagement in the beautiful countryside just to the North of our constituency border – ‘just over the hills,’ I said pointing to the rolling green in front of us, ‘lies my constituency – an even more beautiful place.’ Nothing beats Central Devon – we are all very lucky.