MP deals with mixed bag of local issues

Its been a hectic week for Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd who has had a series of high profile meetings in and around her constituency.

Among initiatives launched includes a survey of local people to find out just what people really think about plans to put a level crossing over the A21, Ms Rudd says: “As your MP I care about what local residents think about proposals to change the area we live in. I want to find out how many local residents support or oppose the proposed level crossing on the A21.”

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  • An online poll has ben set up and people are being asked to answer a simple question saying whether or not they support the plan

Controversy has sprung up over Rother Valley Railway’s plans to reconstruct a section of railway between Bodiam and Robertsbridge. This section is the final missing link in the Kent and East Sussex Railway but it requires a level crossing over the A21 near Robertsbridge creating potential serious delays for traffic going to and from Hastings.

The red dotted line shows the proposed route of the railway line and indicates where it would intersect with the A21 requiring the installation of a level crossing.
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Meanwhile Last Friday Ms Rudd, met with Marc Woodhead and other employees of Holograph Ltd at the company’s office on Robertson Street.

Holograph is a digitally based company which provide software  solutions for other businesses. Holograph‘s largest clients include Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Cityjet, and The Baltic Exchange.

During the meeting, the MP heard about the work carried out by Holograph, which includes designing advertising campaigns as well as adding object recognition artificial intelligence to their patent pending head tracking solution which is aimed at eventually helping people with mobility impairments among other things.

Holograph employs 28 people the majority of whom live or grew up in Hastings.

Marc Woodhead, Director of Holograph said after the meeting: “Thanks to our meeting with Amber we now understand how to approach key public bodies. We are grateful for her time and input”.

Ms Rudd was interested to see the kind of work Holograph has been doing: “I was pleased to meet with the employees who put a human face on the world of tech, and make human interaction with IT far easier. I am delighted that such cutting edge technology is being developed here in the centre of Hastings”.

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Amber Rudd and Amanda Philpott during their meeting last week.

On the same day the local MP met Amanda Philpott, Chief Officer of the NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, who explained its plans to make it easier for local residents to see their GP and at times more convenient to them, including evenings and weekends.

“The Government asked GPs to amend their opening times to ensure patients can access their services. I am delighted to hear that plans are being drawn up to enable constituents to meet with their GP after work on week days and at weekends. This will be particularly helpful for people who work full-time. Once these plans are implemented, patients will clearly have much greater access to their GP than they have ever had,” said Ms Rudd.


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