Local business representatives from Boston and Skegness met the Chancellor at Number 11 Downing Street, at a reception where Matt Warman MP provided them with a chance to put their views directly to George Osborne ahead of the forthcoming Budget.
The reception on Monday 11th January, attended by a range of businesses chosen by selected MPs from across the Midlands, provided MPs and their guests with the opportunity to raise issues of local importance with the Chancellor, who is working to devolve more powers to local areas and ensure that the Midlands is an engine for growth.
Joining Matt were Jonathan Moses, Director at Blue Anchor Leisure in Skegness, Chris Gedney, Managing Director of TH Clements in Bennington, and David Newton, Managing Director of Lincolnshire housing developer Chestnut Homes.
The group highlighted the importance of investment in local infrastructure to George Osborne, such as the development of a Boston distributor road, which will help to ease congestion in the town, unlock new areas for local business and housing developments, and help to provide a more direct route through to Skegness and the surrounding coastal resorts.
Matt said, “I was very pleased to be able to invite local businesses to join me at the reception, and it is great that the Chancellor is listening to the views of local businesses and to calls for local investment. I will continue to work with both local and central government to help move the right projects forward, to the benefit of both residents and businesses in our constituency when it comes to broadband, new homes and better infrastructure. I want constituents to know that I am on their side when it comes to securing the support our area needs.”
Chris Gedney added, “A bypass around Boston will be highly beneficial for local agricultural businesses like TH Clements, as it will provide a more direct route for us to distribute products, saving lorries from having to travel through Boston town centre. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to raise this matter with the Chancellor, especially in the wonderful Downing Street surroundings.”
Jonathan Moses said, “Skegness is among the most visited seaside resorts in the UK, but the only one without a nearby major road or motorway. Ensuring that visitors to Skegness and those travelling here for work can reach the area as quickly and smoothly as possible is essential to the continued success of the local coastal economy, and it was good to highlight this among other issues to the Chancellor.”
David Newton commented “I was delighted to be invited to the House of Commons and the reception at 11 Downing Street, where we were able to discuss the needs of Lincolnshire in terms of improved road infrastructure, flood defences and general inward investment, not only with Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman but directly with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I was also pleased to have the opportunity to press home the particular needs of the housebuilding sector in the County.”