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Regenerating Weston

Getting housing, jobs and transport into sustainable balance for Weston & the villages

Since John became the town’s MP in 2005, Weston has been steadily transformed. With a combination of public and private money the Grand Pier, seafront promenade, Pier Square and children’s water park have all been rebuilt, and work is underway on Dolphin Square.

There’s a better and less crowded train service for people commuting to Bristol now that intercity trains stop at Weston and Worle stations during the rush hours.

We’ve become a more sustainable community, rather than just a dormitory for Bristol, by bringing new jobs to the area and upgrading local services like schools, play areas and GPs to match all the new houses that had been built without proper local facilities for 30 years or more.

More local students are staying at college or school to get better qualifications than ever before, and our local unemployment rate is well below the national average too.

There’s plenty more to do, of course. Recent victories include scrapping the previous Government’s plans to impose 12,000 unwanted houses on Weston, without providing the new jobs or local services needed to balance the extra people and create a sustainable community.

John’s work to save our direct intercity train services between Weston and London, which were due to be scrapped when the new rail operator is chosen in 2013, was an important milestone too. Retaining the direct service will keep down journey times to the capital, and prevent overcrowding on rush hour commuter trains to Bristol to boot. And winning much-needed Government funding to upgrade Worle Station and Junction 21 of the M5, due in 2013, should make life better for thousands of visitors and local residents every day as well.

John’s work won’t stop here either. We must finish the rebirth of Weston’s seafront; it’s miles better than it was a few years ago, but we’ve still got to deal with issues like rebuilding Birnbeck Pier and finding an alternative site for a covered pool if we can’t have the Trop.

And we need even more local jobs, to balance all the new housing that’s been built over the last 30 years and create a greener, more sustainable community, where fewer people are forced to travel to work in Bristol (unless they want to, of course – it’s a free country after all!) because there are more local firms to hire them instead.


Bristol Post: Weston-super-Mare step closer to becoming university town as college given University Centre status

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John Penrose has welcomed the news that Weston College has been granted University Centre status, bringing Weston-super-Mare one step closer to becoming a university town.


Just Congresbury Magazine: MP “won’t let up pressure” on the housing plans for North Somerset

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Just Congresbury also reports on the breakfast meeting that John attended with members of CRAG (Congresbury Residents Action Group) to listen to their concerns about the effect that possible development would have on the village...


MP Attends Breakfast Meeting with Residents' Action Group

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John Penrose has attended breakfast with members of The Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) to discuss their joint concerns about the effect possible development could have on the village of Congresbury.


Penrose welcomes ‘Build Up Not Out’ planning changes

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Weston’s MP John Penrose has welcomed further reforms of the planning system announced in the Productivity Plan which followed last week’s budget.


Weston Mercury: MP writes to Government in support of Weston's £1m Train Station Renovation Bid

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The Weston Mercury Reports on the letter John Penrose has written to the Department for Transport in support of Weston Railway Station's bid to for what Weston's MP considers a ‘crucial’ £1million pot to fund much-needed improvements.

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