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I am opposing Warwick District Council’s proposals to sell off their Riverside House site for exclusive use of private housing and build new offices on part of the Covent Garden site in Leamington alongside a new multi-storey car park. As a result, there will be no car parking available on the Covent Garden Car Park for at least 20 months.
The complete absence of affordable housing in their plans is scandalous. The cost of the project in a time of austerity makes it totally unjustifiable. 800 people rely on Covent Garden Car Park per day. Half of those who use it do so to shop in Leamington Town Centre, while up to 35% of shoppers are from Coventry. The loss of 800 people a day not coming to Leamington will seriously undermine the viability of many Leamington Town Centre businesses.
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Matt Western MP for Warwick & Leamington
4 hours ago
Today, I spoke in the #DivestParliament debate in Westminster Hall - an issue that is close to my heart and of great importance for millions up and down the country. You can watch my full speech below. During my time on Warwickshire County Council, I proposed that we made the pension fund fossil free. My ambition was for Warwickshire to show leadership in this country and be the first to go fossil free. Had Warwickshire County Council passed the motion and acted on my campaign, its investments would have performed ahead of markets. Not only that, but they would have done the right thing ethically and environmentally.Sadly, the largest holding in the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund is in BP. Instead of this, we desperately need positive investments that are committed to bringing about a zero carbon world. In response to this, I have signed the Divest Parliament pledge along with 244 serving and former MPs to demand that we phase out investments in fossil fuel companies. Almost twenty years ago, BP rebranded as Beyond Petroleum. Let us go beyond petroleum, let us go beyond BP and let us show leadership. ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago
Lovely to meet Jane and Alfie from Therapy Dogs Nationwide together with the star of the event - little ‘Harry Potter’. These comfort dogs are so important and Harry is an important member of the team at Warwick Hospital! ... See MoreSee Less
I am concerned about the news that an industry staple of this region, Jaguar Land Rover, has reported losses amidst a rumoured takeover. Action must be taken by the government to preserve the UK’s automotive industry – which is nothing less than a jewel in the crown of the West Midlands.As the industry meets the challenges to transitioning to cleaner fuels and to a super low-carbon future, it has been disrupted by the uncertainty of Brexit and a Government policy that penalises the cleaner diesel powered vehicles. There is a very real, clear and present threat to the industry. It is one of the great paradoxes in business that in seeking to improve air quality, the Government have managed to reverse the progress achieved over many years to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Not only that, but they have also failed to provide the confidence and security that the automotive industry in this country desperately needs.Widespread job and profit losses are being announced by sites and manufacturers across the country. Unless reassurance is given to the automotive industry over Brexit and policies that could help the sector thrive are proposed – I fear that things will only become more precarious as time goes on. ... See MoreSee Less
Warwick and Leamington MP has concerns about automotive industry following JLR report
The law has changed yet only a handful of NHS prescriptions for medicinal cannabis have been issued. Families and patients are frustrated at the lack of progress and how long this is taking. Surely the time has come to act on this and make it accessible to all - for their sake. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Great to be out on the #LabourDoorstep for the European Elections in Warwick and Whitnash with excellent West Midlands Labour candidates Neena Gill MEP, Siôn Simon, Liz Clements and Julia Buckley. Thanks toe veryone for their support and the great response! ... See MoreSee Less