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Rutland to get superfast broadband, says county MP Alicia Kearns

Rutland is to get gigabit broadband, writes county MP Alicia Kearns (Con).

As part of the Government’s landmark £5 billion investment in hard-to-reach rural areas, Rutland is to benefit from new super-fast broadband.

I’ve been lobbying for this ever since I was elected - and I’m delighted to be able to say that Oakham and surrounding villages will be among the first places in the country to get this, with the process due to start in October.

Alicia Kearns
Alicia Kearns

This is great news for everyone in Rutland – and will turbocharge our potential for the future. This is, of course, on the back of Openreach bringing full fibre to almost 12,000 homes in Rutland.

There is so much work going on regarding Oakham Medical Practice for everyone in Rutland who uses it. I am in constant communication with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about how we can improve health services for everyone in the county. Funds have been identified to recruit more administrative and clinical staff to ensure that everyone who needs to use the practice is able to.

I’m sure you have seen the Lakeside Practice in Stamford’s inadequate rating in their recent inspection. This isn’t acceptable for anyone who uses Lakeside. Alongside neighbouring MPs, I have written to the Lincolnshire CCG to express my outrage at the failures at Lakeside, and my expectation that significant changes are needed in light of the problems facing that clinic. I will not sit back and let our communities rely on poor primary care. It isn’t acceptable for anyone.

I had a good meeting with Uppingham First about the local priorities for the town. Now that we’re emerging from the pandemic, it’s so important that our high streets are thriving – for the community and the businesses. Uppingham, as we all know, is such a special place and we need to work together to make sure that the uniqueness of Uppingham isn’t lost. Uppingham was awarded £10,000 from the High Street Recovery Fund – a lifeline for the town.

I know that the mayor and town council will do a great job in making sure that the fund is spent where it matters: maintaining Uppingham as one of England’s foremost market towns and a destination in its own right.

I think that readers of this column will be aware of how much I love living here in Rutland – and my trip to see Love’s Labour’s Lost at Tolethorpe Hall was proof of this. It was a wonderful performance – and such a special place to watch brilliant drama. If you’ve never been, I can’t recommend highly enough that you take a trip to see one of their plays over the summer. It really is glorious. It was particularly delightful for me to attend given that the theatre has recently received a Government grant to keep the theatre alive. I won’t deny how pleased I was to be able to support them as we return to normality.

As ever, I wish my very best to you and yours, and hope that we get a few more days of sun for the rest of August!

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