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York MP Asks Cabinet Minister to Back Infrastructure Funding for City


5:43pm 8th February 2013

A childhood spent trainspotting in York has persuaded a Cabinet Member to get behind City of York Council’s bid for Critical Infrastructure Investment funding.  Yesterday in the House of Commons, Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, asked Dr Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he would be willing to meet him and representatives from the Council to discuss the bid.

Mr Bayley’s exchange with the Minister is shown below:

Hugh Bayley (York Central) (Lab): The Secretary of State was briefed about the York central site next to York railway station when he was in my constituency last year, so he knows well its potential to generate growth and jobs, a potential improved by the Government’s welcome decision to join High Speed 2 with the east coast main line at York. Will he meet me and representatives of York city council to discuss what the Government can do to help the council bring the site into use?

Vince Cable: Yes, I am familiar with the site. It was strategically important for childhood trainspotting, as I recall, quite apart from its potential for housing and regeneration. I am happy to meet the hon. Gentleman. I have already discussed this matter with the council leader and the chief executive. They need some support for infrastructure, although the scale of that is not terribly clear, but we are certainly keen to take this forward.

Hugh Bayley MP says:

“The Secretary of State, Dr Vince Cable, is from York and he knows the

York Central site well, having spent hours there as a youngster trainspotting.  He is aware of the site’s potential for economic growth in terms of new housing, business development and retail opportunities. The development will provide jobs and economic growth.

 “City of York Council have applied to the Government for Critical Infrastructure Investment funding to develop the site and I have written in support of the application.  I want Dr Cable to meet us to discuss the bid before the funding is allocated.”


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