I am full of admiration for the people, many from the South West who ran the London Marathon on what proved to be the hottest on record. I’m also pleased that both Simon and Keith from my office returned safely to work! They ran to raise awareness and funds for Brain Tumour Research – you can still give at https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/kernowkids
The groundworks and foundations in preparation for the new school building at Helston Community College are now firmly underway and I joined pupils, senior staff (past and present), governors and the contractors to celebrate and to ‘break the ground’. The ceremony was undertaken by the Head Boy Thomas, and Head Girl Freya. This £17m building project will provide most of the classrooms and teaching spaces for the school in a three-storey teaching block including a dining hall, sports hall, activity studio, science laboratories and a new sports pitch once the existing building is demolished. Many will know the tremendous journey that has been taken by teaching staff and pupils in particular and there is a tangible sense of optimism and enthusiasm.
On Saturday I joined players and volunteers at Lizard Argyle Football Club to learn about ambitious plans to improve their facilities and provide a much-needed all-weather pitch for the community and the local school. The club also hosted a ‘drop-in’ surgery which is part of a number of drop-in surgeries taking place in the next few weeks. Please contact my office or refer to my website for details.
One area that would help this club and also community buildings and schools is to secure funding to install renewable energy solutions reducing their bills and reducing demand on carbon fuels. MPs are currently engaged in discussing future responsibilities for energy suppliers and I shall be proposing this solution to the Energy Department’s policy team.
I returned to the Lizard on Monday morning to meet with representatives of the Parish Council and Post Office Limited to continue to work to identify a suitable successor to the existing Post Office Branch and Len and Linda who have served the community so well for decades. In December £370m of public money was announced for Post Office Ltd (£160m of which is specifically for rural post office service delivery) following pressure from myself and other colleagues to prevent further post office closures and our meeting focused on how services can be maintained. This will also be the subject of a public meeting I have organised with Cllr Roger Harding and local residents in Newlyn on Thursday evening.
I’m glad that the birth of a Royal baby still generates such joy and cheer and I wish the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the very best for the future. I am also delighted that Prince Charles has been confirmed as the Queen’s successor in her Majesty’s role as the Head of the Commonwealth. This is great news for Britain and gives the UK Government no excuse other than to work harder to lead by example this group of nations towards a fairer, more tolerant and compassionate world.