We must fight broadband red-tape

Sir,

Plans to upgrade broadband speeds across East Sussex must not be delayed any further. European red-tape must not stand in the way of super-fast broadband being provided across East Sussex and the South East.

In a letter to the EU Commission’s Vice President Jacques Almunia I have am seeking assurances that their are no further delays in the plans of East Sussex County Council or Broadband Delivery UK, to upgrade broadband speeds.

I have expressed my own concerns that businesses in my constituency and rural communities are being adversly affected by the delay; super-fast broadband will allow SME’s and rural communities to functionand compete against businesses and win new trade.

I am extremely annoyed EU red tape has blocked essential improvements in tele-communications and internet speeds in East Sussex and across the South East. I am seeking an immediate remedy here by Commissioner Almunia and a clear explanation as to why this delay has taken place.

I would appreciate readers views on this issue and how they are being affected by slow internet speeds particularly in East Sussex, please email richardjames.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu

Yours Faithfully,

Richard Ashworth MEP

EU flag outside UK government buildings

Sir,

Our Olympic Team have brought a renewed sense of national pride, and I support the flying of our national flag on all local and national government buildings to celebrate our great nation. This is under threat however, following a pernicious EU regulation (Article 7 (2) of EC Regulation 1828/2006 which compels EU member states to fly the EU flag outside government buildings. I believe flag flying should be a pleasure and not a chore. The European Commission has said that nation states face “financial corrections” if the EU flag is not flown, in other words we will be fined for not flying the EU flag. These types of measures will not provide for greater support for the European Union, and in fact I am sure the public will resent this imposition from Brussels bureaucrats. This obsession to try and create a European identity via top-down diktats shows how out of touch the Brussels elite are with British people. I would like to receive your views on the EU flag issues please email me direct at

richard.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu.

Yours Faithfully,

Richard Ashworth MEP

Water storage in the South East

Sir,

Across the South East we saw water companies impose a hosepipe ban because of chronic water shortages, only to be lifted in July following what many described as monsoon-like rainfall.

It is high time we looked at how water is being stored across the South East with a new focus on the creation of reservoirs.

The Environment Agency has predicted that temperatures will rise by 1.3% – 4.6% across southern England by 2050 which will lead to an 80% decrease of summer run-off gatherable rainfall available.

South East Water have said that 75% of its water supply is dependent on ground water.

The company is now embarking on a $390 million plan to ensure clean and safe water continues to be delivered in the South East.

I would be interested to receive your views to see if South East Water is doing enough to preserve and provide water across the south east. We must not forget the public and politicians have an important role in formulating policies that affect our daily lives.

Please email me your views at richardjames.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu

Yours Faithfully,

Richard Ashworth MEP