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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
1 day ago
Terrible news that Honda is closing its plant in Swindon and joining the long list of manufacturers to cut jobs and leave the UK. Not only will 3500 jobs be directly affected, but this will have significant impacts throughout the UK supply chain and for component manufacturers. The government urgently needs to work cross-party to show leadership on the threats to UK manufacturing and resolve Brexit uncertainty. My thoughts are with the employees at the Swindon plant, their families and the communities that are being impacted by this uncertainty. www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/18/carmaker-honda-plans-to-close-swindon-factory-reports ... See MoreSee Less
‘Shattering body blow’ as Honda plans to close Swindon factory
2 days ago
I’m sorry that several colleagues have announced their resignation from the party. All political parties are broad churches and it’s important that the Labour Party remains true to it’s principles and values. The task in front of us is to bring down this government and reverse their most extreme and divisive policies. We must remain united and address the widening inequalities in our society, brought by this government’s ‘austerity’ programme, and urgently resolve the challenge of Brexit. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s extremely concerning that in Warwickshire the number of animals killed or injured by litter is rising year on year. The government needs to take decisive action to reduce non-recyclable waste and ensure we keep up with the EU’s ambitious target to ban many single-use plastics by 2021. Last year I co-sponsored a Bill that would make producers of packaging products assume responsibility for it. Community action groups like Leam Trash Friends are doing a fantastic job of tackling litter in Leamington, but we all need to play our part to keep our community clean and protect local wildlife. leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/cases-of-animals-caught-up-in-plastic-across-warwickshire-rise-11583/ ... See MoreSee Less
Cases of animals caught up in plastic across Warwickshire rise
3 days ago
Great to see more gaming developers moving into Warwick and Leamington’s thriving tech sector #siliconspa -www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/business/games-developer-opening-new-studio-in-leamington-1-8805452 ... See MoreSee Less
Games developer opening new studio in Leamington
5 days ago
Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, an issue that causes preventable suffering and deaths each winter. It is estimated that 2017/2018 saw 1590 deaths in the West Midlands due to cold homes, this is unacceptable and requires urgent action. #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay #WarmSafeHomeswww.youtube.com/watch?v=uroEwJ_K7sM&list=PLpARY8u-HFlnhYLvLvupjzGB6vXpK-Y_G&index=11&t=0syoutube.com ... See MoreSee Less