Don’t for­get us, coun­cil tells Pow­er­house MP

Accrington Observer - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

JON MACPHER­SON

HYN­D­BURN coun­cil will urge the North­ern Pow­er­house min­is­ter to sup­port ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments that will have a ‘pos­i­tive im­pact on res­i­dents’.

Coun­cil­lors have sup­ported a mo­tion call­ing for the ex­pan­sion of the M66 and A56 to help re­duce con­ges­tion and the ex­pan­sion of the Metrolink into Hyn­d­burn and Rossendale.

Great Har­wood coun­cil­lor No­or­dad Aziz has ac­cused Jake Berry, who is MP for the neigh­bour­ing Rossendale and Dar­wen con­stituency, of ‘for­get­ting about us’ and claims ‘we are get­ting left be­hind’.

Propos­ing the mo­tion at Hyn­d­burn’s full coun­cil meet­ing, he called on the North­ern Pow­er­house min­is­ter to show ‘bla­tant sup­port’ for the in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments along with di­rect rail links from East Lan­cashire to Manch­ester Air­port, the re-es­tab­lish­ment of the Skip­ton to Colne Rail Link, and ex­tend­ing the M65 into York­shire.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, Coun Aziz said: “The ben­e­fits of the above in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment schemes to the whole of the re­gion would be con­sid­er­able.

“East Lan­cashire com­mu­ni­ties are among the most de­prived in the UK and im­proved trans­port links would pro­vide im­proved in­fra­struc­ture for busi­ness.

“Jake Berry is the North­ern Pow­er­house Min­is­ter.

“He’s been in places like Sun­der­land and White­haven but whatabout right here on his own doorstep?

“Why are we get­ting left be­hind?

“We need to work as a col­lec­tive and shout for the in­fra­struc­ture and devel­op­ment be­cause I think we can make a change. It is about shout­ing loudly.”

Coun Aziz said he had writ­ten to Mr Berry four times but had yet to re­ceive a re­sponse.

Con­ser­va­tive group leader Coun­cil­lor Tony Dob­son said they would sup­port the mo­tion but said Mr Berry is ‘very much aware’ of the is­sues.

He told the meet­ing: “We were at an event with Jake Berry last week and had a con­ver­sa­tion about his new role in gov­ern­ment and all the dif­fer­ent projects that we’ve spo­ken about.

“He is very much aware of it.

“But I think as all coun­cils will know the projects that we are look­ing to push are not ‘here to­day’ kind of projects.

“They need a lot of plan­ning and or­gan­i­sa­tion. But the Con­ser­va­tive group will be sup­port­ing the mo­tion.”

Great Har­wood coun­cil­lor No­or­dad Aziz led the call for lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments

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