Christmas letter from Scott Mann:
I was very pleased to welcome the publishing of a proposal by the ‘Northern Route Working Group’, a team of industry experts who are seeking to fully reopen the Okehampton line. Although this project is in Devon it will be very important public transport links to North Cornwall, especially with regular buses to Bude, Launceston and Wadebridge.
As we level up the economy and provide better life chances and job opportunities for residents in North Cornwall, we must also support better infrastructure. Successive governments and MPs have failed to deliver. When I was first elected in 2015, I pledged to support this project from concept to implementation and I am delighted that we now moving forward. The ‘Northern Route’ – or ‘Dartmoor Line’ as the section to Okehampton is being formally named – could also act as a diversionary route when the coastal main line is closed by extreme weather or for maintenance – and by enabling longer closures of this route for engineering works to take place, make Network Rail’s wider resilience programme cheaper, easier and more effective. Reopening this line will ensure a huge boost in transport connectivity to North Cornwall, leading to major improvement in social inclusion and access to work and education for those unable to drive or without a car.
I recently spoke in the parliamentary debate on dentistry services and held a meeting with the Minister responsible for dentistry, Jo Churchill MP. We have had a longstanding shortage of provision for NHS dentistry in Cornwall, particularly around recruitment and retention. The meeting with the Minister was very constructive and I was able to brief her on constituent cases which my team and I have worked on in the last year. In both the debate and the meeting, I put forward the idea to work together on a cross party basis, to put together programme of work that the Government can adopt to ensure that places such North Cornwall get proper NHS provision. Our dentists work very hard, and the profession is one of the most intense and stressful of the medical fields to work in. I have spoken to many of our local dentists about their experiences, and they would like to see changes to the NHS contract in future. I have also put this across to colleagues in Government and the NHS and I believe that we must work together to ensure a balance is found between the requirements of a contact that is value for money for the taxpayer, but also represents a fair deal for our dentists.
My office team and I will be working over Christmas, and if you have any concerns or need support please do email via email@example.com. I would also like to invite you to check my website www.scottmann.org.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.therightMannforNorth Cornwall for regular updates on the work I do on behalf of the constituency. Finally may I wish all Dawn, the team and Bude & Beyond, and all readers, a very merry Christmas.