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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
21 hours ago
Really good to see so many residents (over one hundred) at the public meeting that I held yesterday. As promised when I was elected, I wanted to report back to residents on my work both in Parliament and in the constituency. In fact I advertised the meeting in local papers over a month ago to give constituents the opportunity to hear about what I've been up to since I was elected.For those who weren't able to be there, I spoke about:✔️ The work I have done to prevent a No Deal Brexit.✔️ My campaigning against education cuts, climate change and rough sleeping,✔️ My campaigning for more social housing and restricting bus drivers’ working hours,✔️ My membership of the International Trade and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committees,Thank you so much to Myton School - Official for hosting us, and to the Rev. Vaughan Roberts of St Mary’s Church, Warwick for agreeing to chair the event.And many thanks to the audience for all the questions. I will continue to work hard for the community, and report back on my progress. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
I was on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire earlier this evening, where Phil Upton asked me questions regarding the shambolic Council office vanity project. As I have said for the last four years, we do not need new offices, and this project continues to be seriously flawed. It is time for the Council to listen to the public and scrap it completely.Leader of the Council, Cllr Andrew Day, has been doing the rounds in the media to try and salvage the plans. It won’t work. He is misleading residents to say that this over £1 million separation fee won’t cost the taxpayer – it almost certainly will. It was doomed from the start!I will continue to do my job and hold the Council to account.Please listen to what I had to say here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07lxhwj ... See MoreSee Less
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire - Phil Upton, 17/09/2019
3 days ago
Recently, I met with Breast Cancer Now and some of the people they support, to learn more about breast cancer.In the local area, an average of 241 women a year develop breast cancer. This affects so many people and their families, which I can personally empathise.To raise money for vital breast cancer research and support you can sign up for #wearitpink here: wearitpink.org/mp ... See MoreSee Less
Just to remind constituents: I'm holding a public meeting tomorrow night (17th) to update residents on what I have been working on, specifically reporting on Brexit. Please come along if you can.Please register here : www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qa-with-matt-western-tickets-71342835341www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/warwick-and-leamington-mp-matt-western-to-hold-public-meeting-next-... ... See MoreSee Less
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western to hold public meeting next month
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