Friday, 27 November 2009

Clearing road barriers

Later today I had another meeting with the team at CPR Regeneration. The regeneration work being carried out by CPR is going to have a crucial impact on our area and, in my view, it is exactly the sort of situation where local politicians should be prepared to roll up their sleeves and try to solve problems - however hard they might be.

To give credit where credit is due, Candy Atherton, the last Labour MP for this area, did actually try her best to support the early work of CPR in the time she was there.

Conservatives pioneered the concept of Urban Regeneration Companies and Enterprise Zones twenty years ago and we need to make the most of opportunities now. Today we discussed issues around the Highways Agency and County Highways and how a future government might be able to make coordination between the two better so that regeneration work is not obstructed.

It is so important to get basic issues like this right.