West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday, to call for investments in West Cumbria.
In his letter, the MP for Copeland sets out that West Cumbria “is a unique area, with vast potential”, and which is set to benefit from investments led by the NuGen new nuclear build project at Moorside. He explains that the area faces a number of challenges meaning that “without the necessary strategic support and investment from government, we are unlikely to be able to maximise the huge economic opportunities we have worked so hard to secure”.
The letter, which invites the Chancellor to visit the Copeland constituency to see for himself the need for Government support, calls for investments in local health services, in infrastructure and flood prevention, in education, and in Britain’s Energy Coast. These include:
-An extra £350m per week for the NHS as set out by the ‘Leave’ referendum campaign
-The release of funding in full for phase two of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital
-A secure future for local health services, including 24-hour consultant led services at the West Cumberland Hospital
Infrastructure and Flood Prevention
-An immediate upgrade of the A595
-Investment in the Cumbrian coastal railway to increase capacity
-Immediate support to reduce flood risk
-Establish a Cumbria Infrastructure and Resilience Commission
-Ensure that funding, such as that through the Bellwin Scheme, reaches communities like Keswick, affected by flooding
-Commit that any EU solidarity funding awarded goes straight to those communities affected last winter
-Reconsider cuts to education
-Make capital available for the rebuilding of the Whitehaven Academy
Britain’s Energy Coat
-Pledge support for the Tidal Lagoon project
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Here in West Cumbria, our best days are ahead of us. However, we need support and investments from Government in order to maximise the huge economic opportunities that we have worked so hard to secure.
“The Chancellor’s first Autumn Statement will be an excellent opportunity for Government to listen to my calls and those of the communities that I represent, to invest in our health services, in our infrastructure, in our education and in our industries.
“For too long, West Cumbria has been left out and let down by successive Budget Statements. We’re attempting to build a 21st century economy on 20th century infrastructure. However, through Government recognition of our potential and investment in those areas that I outline in my letter, we can move closer to the bright future that our communities are working to build”.