Boris Johnson – “massive investment” on its way.

How often have we heard this refrain? Owl will wait to “see the colour of the money” and how much of it is “re-announcement”, but it looks to be directed to infrastructure to support the green industrial revolution in the “South West”, which of course includes Swindon and Bristol and….. 

From yesterday’s Wester Morning News:

Boris Johnson’s commitment to bring “massive investment” to the South West has been seized upon by campaigners who have pledged to hold the Prime Minister to his word.

Mr Johnson made the promise, last week, confirming earlier commitments to the region, in an answer to a question from South West Devon Conservative MP Sir Gary Streeter.

The PM told the region’s most senior Tory he “can be assured that we will be giving mass­ive investment in infrastructure to support the green industrial revolution in the South West…”

The decision to stage the G7 Summit of world leaders in Cornwall in June is seen as a reflection of the Westcountry’s leading role in green energy and environmentally-friendly technology.

Now business leaders behind the Back the Great South West campaign, championed by the Western Morning News, are looking ahead to the March Budget and calling for the tourism industry – hard-hit by coronavirus and lockdown – to get more support.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Our big ask from March’s budget is specific support for the tourism sector.”

Susan Davy, boss of South West Water owners Pennon Group, said it was vital the region spoke “with one voice” to win the backing it needs.

One thought on “Boris Johnson – “massive investment” on its way.

  1. I think that there is an over emphasis on bringing more tourism to the South West. Unfortunately tourism brings lower paid service sector jobs and like all of the service sector has proven to be fragile during the pandemic.
    The tourism sector has benefited from staycations during the pandemic but as soon as people that can afford to holiday in the UK can ski, visit France in the summer and attend concerts the demand for staycations will probably drop significantly. It will become “so last year” and I am sure “staycations” will become a feature of stand up comedy routines especially if the weather in summer 2021 doesn’t live up to summer 2020.
    Fortunately the South West has always been a highly productive area in terms of food and drink production plus manufactured goods. these are the industries we should build on to bring highly skilled, rewarding and better paid jobs to the south West.
    We should discourage home workers from moving from other regions to the South West as they push up housing prices and consume local public services without bringing jobs to the area or contributing to the local economy or participate in the social activities of their local communities as much as people that work locally in manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink production or local services.
    Regards,
    Peter Hill Labour Party Tiverton West and director of a local manufacturing company

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