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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
Surprise surprise - this will be paid for with more cuts! Not only that, but it's selective in that it won't benefit all public sector workers, who deserve a much fairer deal than this. www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-insulting-public-sector-pay-18343746 ... See MoreSee Less
Tories' ‘insulting’ public sector pay offer will be paid for with more cuts
Congratulations to PC Andrew Dear, who was named as the overall winner at this year's Police Bravery Awards - I'm thankful for his and other officers' bravery and dedication to protecting the public. ... See MoreSee Less
Warwickshire Police officer wins national bravery award
2 days ago
This vote, which aims to prevent the next Prime Minister from suspending Parliament, is historic. A man chosen by 160,000 Conservative Party members should not have the power to prorogue Parliament simply because we won't abide by his plans for a disastrous No Deal Brexit. We live in parliamentary democracy, and to try and bypass that out of petulance is simply not acceptable. ... See MoreSee Less
MPs back bid to block Parliament suspension
It's the second time this month that I have raised the urgent need for a Kenilworth to Leamington cycle route in Parliament. The Department for Transport have admitted that the current policy and resource levels are going to ensure that we don't reach the target of doubling the number of cycling trips across the country.The government are yet to offer any solutions to this - although the one obvious one is increased funding in cycling infrastructure. The lack of investment and infrastructure is holding us back, and I have consistently called on Warwickshire County Council to bring their per person expenditure on cycling up to the national average (£7.50) as opposed to their current figure of 80p.I have also called on the Department for Transport to meet with myself and neighbouring MP Jeremy Wright to discuss the Kenilworth to Leamington route. It's the kind of project that is exactly what we need. Good for our health, good for the environment - it's a win win. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Great to drop into the Cancer Research UK Roadshow in Parliament last week and hear about their vital work - as well as their plans for a fully-funded cancer workforce to tackle the challenges and financial pressures facing the NHS. ... See MoreSee Less