Henry was very proud to be able to welcome the very bright and up and coming Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak to King’s Lynn on Thursday 7th March.
During a very busy afternoon the Minister had talks with senior councillors and officials from both the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. Henry is pictured here with the Minister, local council candidate for Heacham Adrian Soskin and Stuart Dark.
The Minister and Henry also visited the Borough Council sponsored housing scheme on the Marsh Lane – Lynn Sport site. The contractors on this site, Lovell Homes, are making really excellent progress and the Minister was very impressed with the quality of housing plus the way in which Housing Association dwellings have been integrated into different parts of the estate. The Minister then saw first-hand the superb work the Council have been doing in their local parks, including a very wet and windy trip around the Walks and Tower Gardens.
They then attended an event at Marriott’s Warehouse with local councillors, prospective candidates and Conservative Party members. The Minister gave a speech and took questions.
Commenting Henry said: “It really was a very positive visit as it gave both Councils a chance to raise key issues, especially regarding their current funding. For example, in discussions with the Borough Council the thorny issue of the Internal Drainage Board (IDB) levies was raised. The problem here is the Borough Council have to charge fees which help to fund the IDB, who do essential work on ensuring a fit for purpose land drainage system for our locality. The issue is that there is no help for this from the Government, and this means those councils that are on low lying areas end up being discriminated against. In discussions with the County Council Leader, Andrew Proctor, the Minister went through all aspects of Norfolk County Council’s services and how they are funded.”
Henry said that it really was absolutely essential that West Norfolk hosted very regular Ministerial visits, so local authorities and other organisations have the opportunity to put across their concerns first hand.