Addressing business rates and the traffic bottle neck at Exceat Bridge were just some of the issues Seaford MP Maria Caulfield said were on her agenda when she attended the Seaford Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Thursday June 4.
The newly elected MP for the Lewes constituency, which includes Seaford, was the guest at the meeting, held at Seaford Head Golf Club.
A spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce said, “She said that the economy was doing well having grown some 2.8 per cent in the previous year and that small and medium businesses were the powerhouse of the economy.
“Concerns raised by Chamber members were punishing business rates, difficulties getting finance from banks, delay at HMRC in delivering PAYE and VAT registrations and local traffic and infrastructure inadequacies.
“Maria Caulfield replied that addressing the issues of business rates and the traffic bottle neck at Exceat bridge were on her agenda and that she would take note of the other issues raised.”
The MP went on to outline key goals she hopes to achieve as MP for the Seaford area.
This included setting aside £75m for improvements to the A27 Polegate to Lewes section and announcing a £100,000 feasibility study into reopening the Lewes to Uckfield train line.
Reopening the Uckfield to Lewes line would create a direct rail link from London to Seaford which would benefit tourism and give encouragement to businesses hoping to relocate to the Seaford area, she said.
Maria also talked about access to hospitals for people in Seaford.
She said most Seaford people went to Eastbourne District General Hospital for treatment, but with services being moved to Hastings, journey times for patients were becoming unreasonable.
The MP announced that a search was underway for a suitable building in Seaford to house a minor injuries unit.
She said she was looking to support the development of Newhaven and to improve the transport infrastructure around Newhaven which she described as unsustainable.
Maria has even set up a local office in Newhaven to show her commitment to the area.
She added she wanted to support all business, particularly businesses with just one person, without offices, but who work from home or offer a mobile service.
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