Infrastructure will be crucial to our recovery, says South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon
Building good-quality infrastructure will be crucial to south Norfolk’s recovery as the district emerges out of the coronavirus pandemic, the MP for South Norfolk has claimed.
Conservative MP Richard Bacon believes that improving broadband connectivity, transport links and housing should be central to the effort to rebuild after a year in which many businesses have been crippled by the Covid-19 crisis.
Mr Bacon, who has represented south Norfolk for two decades, said: “There’s a very clear plan that we need to build back better, and that’s going to involve investment in infrastructure, broadband and housing – the things that make the economy go.
“When the infrastructure’s better and we have good rail and good roads, it makes it easier for people to get around, and getting around easier, whether you are trying to get to a customer or deliver something to a customer, makes it much easier.
“And when we’ve got really good broadband, it’s much easier for firms working from home. We need to get better at that stuff, and that will help drive economic growth.”
Thousands of homes in Hinderclay, Hoxne, Palgrave, Redgrave, Stradbroke, Brome and Oakley, Fressingfield, Rickinghall, Botesdale, Syleham and Thelnetham are set to see their broadband speed jump to 1,000Mbps – 18 times faster than the UK average – as part of a recent £46 million private investment by County Broadband.
Speaking to Park Radio on Friday, Mr Bacon added that housing would also be imperative to ensuring a healthy recovery.
He added: “The same [goes] with housing because every time people move, that’s the time they go to the hardware store to buy paint, that’s the time they buy new carpet and it’s the time they buy white goods.
“When people move, they seem to refresh their lives, so I think housing will do a lot as well, so long as we get the right kind of housing, of course.”