Mark spoke in a Westminster Hall debate about the need for investment in our local areas
On Thursday 19th April Rugby MP Mark Pawsey spoke in a Parliamentary debate on Regeneration. Mark was keen to speak in the debate as he is one of only 11 MPs who are members of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. The Select Committee carries out the important role of keeping Government to account, whilst also having an influence on policy, and it was the Committee’s report on Regeneration that Mark spoke about last week.
During the debate Mark responded to fellow MPs praising Rugby’s attitude to regeneration, saying:
“I am pleased that we in Rugby understand the need for regeneration, and I am delighted that colleagues have drawn attention to how hard my community are working to deal with the consequences of the current state of the economy. In 2010, our local strategic partnership produced a regeneration strategy on behalf of Rugby Borough Council which shows we are working hard locally to bring together strategies for dealing with areas needing regeneration”.
Speaking after the debate, Mark said:
“We all know that we currently face a difficult economic climate and there is less money available for public sector payments. The Government’s budgets are having to be reviewed because of the state of the economy left to us by the previous Government. Having said that, I am proud that the steps this Government has taken to boost regeneration in areas that need it, like changing the planning policy and changing community financing, are already making a difference”.
“Regeneration is about the need for constantly looking at our local area and identifying areas that are in need of upgrading and improvement. This is good news for local people because it means they not only have better places to live, but also benefit from businesses that would move in as a result of this change. I am glad to say that we benefit here in Rugby from having a Council that sees the need for this and already has an effective strategy in place to combat it”.