I am delighted to see the great progress being made on water quality in North Cornwall. Our landmark environment bill will improve this even further going forward and I know how important clean seas are for residents in North Cornwall. We have some of the best beaches in the country and I am proud that we continue to maintain our reputation around the country for leadership on bathing water quality. The Environment Agency recently published new figures on quality, and I was very pleased to see that all but one of North Cornwall’s bathing waters was rated ‘Excellent’, the final one being rated ‘Good’. I appreciate that water quality is a major point of concern for my constituents. North Cornwall’s economy relies, in part, on our excellent beaches and attractiveness as a holiday destination. I will continue to work hard to ensure we maintain our fantastic standards.
I was very pleased to welcome the founders of local support group ‘That’ll be the menopause’ to my office for a discussion about women’s health and the menopause. Last year the Government cut the cost of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) repeat prescriptions, and this is a welcome step, however, there is more support that could be considered. We discussed education and the idea that more about women’s health COULD be taught in schools. I felt like it was an extremely productive meeting, and I will be discussing the issues raised with the Minister for Women’s Health, Maria Caulfield MP, back in Westminster.
If you are a regular reader, you will no doubt have noticed I have been talking about road safety quite a bit recently! Last week my team and I took some time out to visit some of the junctions along the A30 in North Cornwall, including Plusha and Polyphant which are both quite concerning to local people and visitors alike. Although I drive through on a regular basis myself, you certainly get more of a feel for the danger when you are on foot. I really do feel that we need to make these junctions safer, and I will be continuing to raise the case for changes on the A30 with National Highways and the Department for Transport during our next meetings.
As always if my team or I can do anything to assist you then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.