Thursday, 15 March 2018

A busy week!

Last week, it was good to catch up with various projects in and around the constituency.
On Friday, I visited Trevithick Learning Academy. I heard about the school’s Politics Day, which took place in February to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, and women first being able to vote. It was good to hear that the students had become so engaged in the concept of democracy, and learning more about the way that our democracy works. I then went on to hear from four students who had stood to be “Prime Minister” for the day. The winning candidate implemented some very popular policies, including pancakes and Haribo for his fellow students!
Next on the agenda was a visit to SPARC at Redruth Rugby Club. SPARC has just begun a rugby based project for 14-16 year olds who have been, or are at risk of, being excluded from mainstream education. It was fantastic to see the increasing motivation and participation throughout the session, and I am confident that the project is going to be a huge success.
Later in the day, I met with Raoul Humphreys, Cornwall College, to catch up about everything that is going on there. I also met with a group of our fantastic local businesses and then I went on to Focus Training. Focus Training is an independent training provider offering apprenticeships in specialist high skilled subjects in Cornwall and across the south west. It specialises in delivering electrical training and also gas, heating, plumbing and ventilation. It is just completing the doubling in size of its training facilities and workshops at its Redruth site.

Next up was a meeting with Toby Parkins at Headforwards, where we discussed ongoing plans for a fibre park in Pool. Superfast broadband brings a lot of opportunities. We are already beginning to feel the benefits, with software companies like Headforwards, Blue Fruit and LumiraDx growing in our area. Innovation centres at Pool and Tremough play an important role in incubating new start-ups.  Proposals for a new fibre park in Pool to bring together software companies and training from Cornwall College to create opportunities for local school leavers could take things to the next level.  We have the chance to really put Cornwall on the map in this sector.

Later in the day, I caught up with some of our local councillors to discuss some of the issues that local people have been bringing to their attention. The day ended with a meeting with the Penwith Beef Group and Praze Young Farmers.
Saturday was another busy day. I had a packed constituency surgery in the morning followed  by a visit to Maenporth and the Helford Passage, which were both affected by the damage done by Storm Emma. At Maenporth, things are almost back to normal. At Helford, funding has been confirmed to repair the road at the Ferry Boat Inn. I will be writing to the Environment Agency about flood defences at Maenporth, and I will be speaking to Cornwall Council about the urgent road repairs to make sure they are carried our in a timely fashion.

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