Alison McGovern presses Secretary of State for a response on New Ferry regeneration proposals
The Wirral South MP challenged the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid yesterday about New Ferry during his statement about local government funding.
Her intervention comes after Wirral Council submitted a regeneration plan to the government in November. The Secretary of State responded to Alison by putting the blame back onto Wirral Council without giving any sort of definite answer about when Wirral Council could expect to hear from the government.
Speaking of the response Alison said: “I am dismayed and angry at the Secretary of State’s response today. I was hoping for some positive developments. Ever since the explosion Wirral Borough Council have been working hard to help people who have been affected. People in New Ferry don’t want to have their town to be dragged into a blame game and they deserve more than empty answers from ministers. All they want is the help to regenerate their town following a devastating incident. The regeneration plan has been submitted by the Council and they are waiting on an initial response from the government before anything can move forward.
Adding: “People in New Ferry have already waited since March for help but the government has provided no support whatsoever. Wirral Borough Council, on the other hand, has provided more than £300,000 in funding following since the explosion. This is at a time when their budget has been seriously restrained by government. During the election, Jake Berry who is a Minister in Communities and Local Government gave a glimpse of hope to people when he paid a visit to New Ferry. Hopes were soon dashed though when the government decided to offer nothing in emergency relief. I and the Council are eagerly waiting for their response to the submitted plans.”