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Regenerating Weston

Getting housing, jobs and transport into sustainable balance for Weston & the villages

Since John became the town’s MP in 2005, Weston has been steadily transformed. With a combination of public and private money the Grand Pier, seafront promenade, Pier Square and children’s water park have all been rebuilt, and work is underway on Dolphin Square.

There’s a better and less crowded train service for people commuting to Bristol now that intercity trains stop at Weston and Worle stations during the rush hours.

We’ve become a more sustainable community, rather than just a dormitory for Bristol, by bringing new jobs to the area and upgrading local services like schools, play areas and GPs to match all the new houses that had been built without proper local facilities for 30 years or more.

More local students are staying at college or school to get better qualifications than ever before, and our local unemployment rate is well below the national average too.

There’s plenty more to do, of course. Recent victories include scrapping the previous Government’s plans to impose 12,000 unwanted houses on Weston, without providing the new jobs or local services needed to balance the extra people and create a sustainable community.

John’s work to save our direct intercity train services between Weston and London, which were due to be scrapped when the new rail operator is chosen in 2013, was an important milestone too. Retaining the direct service will keep down journey times to the capital, and prevent overcrowding on rush hour commuter trains to Bristol to boot. And winning much-needed Government funding to upgrade Worle Station and Junction 21 of the M5, due in 2013, should make life better for thousands of visitors and local residents every day as well.

John’s work won’t stop here either. We must finish the rebirth of Weston’s seafront; it’s miles better than it was a few years ago, but we’ve still got to deal with issues like rebuilding Birnbeck Pier and finding an alternative site for a covered pool if we can’t have the Trop.

And we need even more local jobs, to balance all the new housing that’s been built over the last 30 years and create a greener, more sustainable community, where fewer people are forced to travel to work in Bristol (unless they want to, of course – it’s a free country after all!) because there are more local firms to hire them instead.

Updates



‘Brilliant’ Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair ‘better than ever’ – Penrose

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has hailed his ‘brilliant’ spring jobs fair as a success.

 

Bristol Post: Plans to double size of The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, held up as Government calls public inquiry...

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The Bristol Post reports on the Minister calling in plans to double the size of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway following John's letter...

 

Cribbs Expansion Plans ‘Called In’ By Secretary of State After Weston’s MP Raises Concerns

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Secretary of State Sajid Javid MP has called in plans to extend Cribbs Causeway, following a letter from Weston’s MP John Penrose arguing it could damage Weston's regeneration by taking away around 8.3% of trade (£39 million) by 2021 and making the town’s "rebirth harder to achieve"...

 

John Joins 100s For Opening Of New Purplex HQ

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More than 100 VIPs – including members of parliament, local officials, leading business people and clients, recently attended the official opening of the new Purplex HQ...

 

Mercury interview John about local employment

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The Weston Mercury has interviewed John about his Jobs Fair and how it can help local people seeking employment or a career change...

 
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