Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes attended the AGM of the Lewes Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) at the weekend.
The AGM covered many issues from how to protect the countryside from inappropriate development to how residents and local authorities can work together to campaign for improvements on issues like rural broadband and to protect local services. The MP is a patron of the Rural Fair Share campaign group in parliament calling on the government to deliver a fairer deal for hard-pressed countryside communities.
The Lewes constituency contains a number of rural communities and Maria is working hard to ensure that their voices are heard and have access to the same quality of service as constituents in urban areas. The CPRE and Maria also recognise that while improvements to services needs to take place these should not be at the expense of damaging the character of the Sussex Downs and its villages.
Maria said: 'I was delighted to attend the AGM of the CPRE and discuss issues that are effecting the rural communities in the Lewes constituency.
‘I have raised the issues of rural broadband and countryside development at Westminster and I will continue to ensure that rural communities receive excellent services and are not ignored.
‘It is also important that local authorities listen to the views of rural communities and understand the effects that inappropriate development will have on them and the surrounding environment. Two of my campaign pledges were to stand up for our villages and to protect our green spaces and I will continue to work hard to honour those pledges.”