County MP blasts decision to leave Cumbria out of high streets scheme
Last updated at 12:13, Thursday, 05 April 2012
An MP has blasted a “disgraceful” Government decision to leave Cumbria out of a £10 million scheme to revive Britain’s high streets.
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From another article in the EN&S: "Mr Stevenson added: âIâd like to see the council more involved in economic development. They are a substantial property owner and could do more with that portfolio.âSo Jim, it seems that our conservative MP, Mr. Stevenson also thinks that your colleague is perhaps not doing enough with her economic development portfolio, something I have been saying repeatedly for many months on here. If you retain control of the council, and the alternatves aren't that great either, then a reshuffle is in order. As I have maintained, that particular portfolio holder is nigh on invisible and seems to have done very little of any note despite your protestations to the contrary in defence of your constituent. Perhaps a few more urban tories taking the reins instead of the city being led by a rural conservative elite?
James o, what is it you expect your council to do, faced with an empty shop owned by someone else?
Councils dont 'put' charity shops and cafes into empty buildings. How on earth do you think a Council would be able to do such a thing?
Some councils do own some buildings, and as landlords, like any other landlord they could do more to get tenants in. But, if they dont own the shop and dont run the catering business, what magical mythical powers do you think your omnipotent district and county councils have?
The councils deserve what they get for their lack of ambition in bringing decent shops to the area it is easy to put a cafe and a charity shop in an empty building their has been no thought or effort in this thinking, if i walked down whitehaven high street i would come to the same descision,why would i give money to a council that has no interest in developing the town for the majority of its people and only seems to represent a chosen few.