City de­serves more govern­ment jobs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A bil­lion pounds is a huge fig­ure. That is what some es­ti­mates say the work on sev­eral key city projects will re­quire in terms of in­vest­ment.

For in­vestors to put for­ward huge sums of money the city needs to give them con­fi­dence that it can pro­vide the right op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The first pri­or­ity must be jobs cre­ation. Peter­bor­ough has a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, not least be­cause new busi­ness has at­tracted res­i­dents and also partly be­cause of mi­gra­tion.

What the city has got is a ro­bust econ­omy that is mov­ing out of the re­ces­sion more ef­fec­tively than many.

Thou­sands of civil ser­vice jobs are to move out of London, and Peter­bor­ough is per­fectly placed to host many of these.

Ex­cel­lent trans­port links, hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and real mo­men­tum be­hind the de­liv­ery of the new uni­ver­sity, not to men­tion one of the best hos­pi­tals in Europe about to open its doors.

Govern­ment jobs would give a turbo boost to many of the city’s am­bi­tious plans.

The time is right to open the door wider for in­vestors, and the city has a great deal go­ing for it.

But pro­vid­ing a clear op­por­tu­nity to in­vestors also means get­ting the city be­hind plans.

En­sur­ing the peo­ple of the city have their own op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence the shape of things to come is also vi­tal.

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