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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.
2 days ago
A sincere thanks to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for The Myton Hospices. I've reached my £2,500 goal! Let's keep going, though. Can we get it to £3,000 before it closes on Sunday?Last week I took on the Cycle Challenge, riding for 111 miles (when my target was only 61!).Myton desperately need the funds this year owing to the difficulties many charities are facing as a result of the crisis. This money will go a long way to help those with life-limiting illnesses and their families.If you haven't donated yet. Please visit the website below..www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattwestern ... See MoreSee Less
Taking on the Myton Hospice Cycling Challenge
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3 days ago
Tomorrow the Government plans to ramp up the cost to business of furloughing employees. The Government should be targeting support where it’s needed most, not withdrawing it in one fell swoop. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic. But it isn’t too late to save many more. For months I’ve been working hard lobbying the Government to get support to many residents and businesses that desperately need it. Our economy is still in a terrible position, and so support in certain areas is still required.Removing support across the board will spell disaster for many sectors that are still struggling, including the automotive/manufacturing sector which is so crucial for our local economy.With no income or extra support in sight for these businesses, it’s clear that even more jobs will be lost once furlough support fades away from tomorrow.Countries like Germany and Australia have extended their furlough scheme equivalents, with Australia doing so last week. We must follow their lead.Today we heard that the proposed plans to ease lockdown further have been halted. Whilst this is of course the right thing to do if the science and data shows it risks public health, it means thousands of workers in bowling alleys, ice rinks and casinos have just been told they won’t be able to return to work tomorrow. Coinciding with the changes to furlough will surely result in even more job losses.So, the Chancellor has less than a day to stave off more job losses by reforming the furlough scheme so that it supports jobs in the worst-hit sectors.The Government must also back our businesses more widely. Labour are proposing a £1.7 billion fightback fund to prevent firms going under and save our high streets.I’ll continue to fight for jobs and our great local businesses. ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Devastating economic figures from our crucial auto industry: worst half-year production since 1954, and 11,000 jobs lost. Action must be taken now before more local jobs are lost.For months I’ve been calling for greater support for the industry. Time is against us, and the Government can and must act to save thousands of jobs and give our economy a chance at recovery.mattwestern.org/news-article/mp-leading-automotive-group-in-parliament-responds-to-industrys-deva... ... See MoreSee Less
Warwickshire MP responds to industry's “devastating” figures, calling for urgent Government support
5 days ago
We were told it was safe to go abroad this Summer, now it's clear these 'air bridges' were put in place prematurely and people will suffer as a result.The PM is right to warn about a second spike, but I fear his words come too late. I sympathise with constituents (and businesses) who have been caught up in this sudden policy change in Spain. Many will face financial uncertainty because of having to quarantine.This Government has constantly sent out mixed messages throughout this crisis. We know a second spike is coming, and we must be prepared for it.I'm urging the Government to sort this out and ensure no one unfairly loses out financially due to this sudden change. We also need a better test and trace system, including more tests at airports. I spoke to BBC CWR this morning about the issue: do listen below. ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
Today marks 2 years until the start of Birmingham 2022, the biggest event the West Midlands has ever staged.In particular I'm incredibly excited about the Lawn Bowls being hosted in Leamington. It's going to be a great event for our area. I hope to see many of you at Victoria Park in 2022 supporting this world-class event.. I know I'll be there! @birminghamcg2022 #2YTG ... See MoreSee Less