Government announces £37.62 million of new funding for Cambridgeshire transport, skills, and housing – including £2.7 million for an Enterprise Zone “in the north of the county in areas such as Fenland”

SB and SJ

Just after noon today the Government announced a further £37.62 million of funding for the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough (LEP) area, including an Enterprise Zone which it stated should be in the north of the county. The press note goes even further, adding to “the north in areas such as Fenland”. This signal could …

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Whittlesey & District Business Forum lunch

Whittlesey Business Lunch 10

It was great to see so many in attendance at the Whittlesey & District Business Forum lunch at Whittlesey Conservative Club. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to all the business forum members over a pint (of orange juice!) especially about the exciting possibilities the new social mobility “opportunity area” award and the subsequent extra £6 million …

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Attending March and Chatteris NFU AGM

March and Chatteris AGM 2

Fenland is a key player in the UK’s agricultural industry and last Friday NFU President Meurig Raymond attended the March and Chatteris NFU AGM. It was a pleasure to meet Mr Raymond and to catch up with our local farmers over breakfast at Skylark Garden Centre. I will continue to work with the NFU and …

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MIU’s in Wisbech, Doddington and Ely – PILOT

General View of Doddington Community Hospital

I am delighted to announce that from this spring Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be piloting a scheme to transform our MIU sites at Wisbech, Doddington and Ely, into Local Urgent Care Service (LUCS) hubs, with the view to integrate community services in the future. This forward thinking will make for a …

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Concerns grow over local funding body allocated millions by Government

Further concerns have emerged regarding the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which receives millions from Government to allocate to local transport schemes, skills training and supporting key sectors like Science and Agri-Tech in order to deliver economic growth and create jobs. Today I have issued a statement following further research into the documentation …

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Cambridgeshire LEP makes just one Agri-tech grant to Fenland in four years despite saying it is a priority – but other districts cash in

The Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership over the last four years has repeatedly said that Agri-tech is a key priority particularly in Fenland. The Chair of the LEP said this again at my meeting with him on Friday 20th January 2017, commenting that he “would expect Fenland to be at the forefront of the Agri-tech scheme”. …

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Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership statement blames Fenland District Council for lack of funding – Chief Executive Paul Medd should now respond.

The Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership which allocated millions of pounds of taxpayers money, but has given little to Fenland, yesterday claimed in a statement that its own lack of investment in our area was not their fault and instead blamed Fenland District Council. It made a host of remarkable allegations, saying that the council’s bid …

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