by markjewell on 21 September, 2013
Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire have agreed a City Deal with central government that will see local leaders given the powers and levers to deliver growth and jobs in their communities.
It aims to create more than 20,000 new jobs – including 5,000 in the Lancashire Enterprise Zone, 17,420 new homes and deliver nearly £1bn in economic growth over 10 years.
By 2015, Preston and Lancashire expect to have built 1,206 houses, with a further 1,200 under construction, and created over 1,500 jobs, as a result of the certainty generated by the City Deal framework.
Speaking at the recent Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg said, “The City Deals are an unprecedented transfer of power from Whitehall to the Cities of the North.”
He added, “This would not have happened without the Liberal Democrats in Government. We’ve done more for Preston in 3 years than Labour did in 13 years”
Local campaigner, Mark Jewell welcomed the plans for a new train station at Cottam and a new M55 junction, near to Bartle, and road to the Enterprise Zone at BAE Warton. He commented, “The enterprise zones at Warton and Samlesbury are set to become one of Europe’s largest centres for advanced engineering and manufacturing. The associated infrastructure projects will help to support the housing developments along the M55 corridor, with roads, new schools, health facilities and open spaces”
Further details of the Preston and Lancashire City Deal can be seen on the Direct.gov website here.Leave a comment