Thursday, 12 April 2012

Ed Miliband on regenerating struggling town centres

This morning I had the opportunity to meet with Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, after he gave a speech in Derby.

During our short conversation I took the opportunity to ask Ed about Labour's position on regenerating our town centres that have continued to struggle over recent years, obviously being particularly mindful of Coalville.

Ed agreed with my own view that schemes such as the Portas Pilots were great initiatives but of course we must go further.

In order to make our town centres more vibrant and desirable places to shop, trade and spend leisure time Ed spoke powerfully about empowering local people and businesses in shaping the future direction. I couldn't agree more.

As I have said before Coalville is a great place to live. It's great to know that a future Labour Government would be commited to enabling local people to make it even better.

5 comments:

  1. I think its time to stop making promises and do something, as a lifelong Coalvillian I was so frustrated with 'Asdagate' and then by the precinct carrot that was dangled. Its time for action!

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself Julie!

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  2. I couldn't agree more Julie. Labour councillors have been instrumental in supporting the Portas Pilot bid and we will continue to fight to improve our town centres.

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  3. It would be interesting to know if the people making the decisions for Coalville (and NWLeics) actually live in the district - and if not - what power they have in the districts they live in.

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    1. I can honestly say every member of the Labour group at NWLDC lives in the district.

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