This week I received information from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller about the launch of the Cultural Programme “14-18 Now” in aid of the First World War Centenary. I understand that a Cultural Board has been appointed to coordinate the various activities celebrating the Centenary and I look forward to hearing about these national plans as they unfold; details about them can be found here. Within the constituency, preparations are underway for centenary celebrations too and I was pleased to hear about the commemoration planned in Little Hadham called “Little Hadham Goes to War” planned for 22-24 August 2014. I am sure there will be other such similar events elsewhere in the constituency too.
Further to my press release about Wednesday’s Budget, I was also pleased to hear about the additional £168 million which is to be made available for pothole repairs in 2014/15. At a local level, many of my constituents suffer as a consequence of these and more money to deal with roads which are damaged will certainly be welcome.
Likewise, the announcement in the Budget that there is to be an investment of £100M for the development of Greater Cambridge until 1919-20 (which could be worth up to £500 million over 15 to 20 years) given the proximity to the City to North East Herts, will be very beneficial to many of my constituents as well, not to mention the large boost it will give to the local economy. I look forward to the City’s development. More details about the Budget can be found here.