LEP member moans that it has been snubbed

Owl says: no surprise to me – the LEP just an “emperor with no clothes” club using our money without any accountability and with an already-overpaid CEO who just got a 26% pay increase to supervise a staff of 4 – why should it be taken seriously?

“The Chairman of Devon Chamber of Commerce has said the fact that only Exeter’s Met Office of any Westcountry project was mentioned at a major infrastructure conference shows the challenge the region faces in the fight to attract Government investment.

The conference, held at London’s Royal Victoria Dock, failed to mention any other Westcountry project – not even the £18billion Hinkley Point C power station near Bristol.

Richard Stevens, managing director of Plymouth Citybus and chairman of Devon Chamber of Commerce, said it show the challenge the region faces in the fight to attract Government investment.

Mr Stevens, who attended the event as a director of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), said the event did reveal there were “signs of growth” in the region’s economy.

But he stressed: “The sad thing is we did not get a single mention.”

http://www.devonlive.com/exeter-s-met-office-only-south-west-project-mentioned-at-national-infrastructure-conference/story-30400509-detail/story.html