Harlow MP makes plea for £20 million “levelling-up” cash
News / Tue 26th Oct 2021 at 07:42am
ON MONDAY, Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, rose in the House of Commons to comment on two of his most passionate campaigns: first, to report that 8,000 new apprenticeships have been created since 2010 in Harlow and second, to call on the Government to invest yet more money towards the ambitious regeneration plans that he and Harlow’s Conservative Council are working relentlessly to deliver.
Mr Halfon said that “that the best example of levelling up is providing young people with the skills they need to climb the educational ladder of opportunity”.
He further called on the Government to support the Council’s “£20 million bid from the Levelling Up Fund” which he said will “provide vital regeneration to Harlow to help our town to grow and develop”.
The Minister, Kemi Badenoch MP strongly welcomed the thousands of apprenticeships that have been created, highlighting how these apprenticeships have allowed Harlow’s young people to secure high-quality jobs.
Ms Badenoch added that, whilst she was unable to comment on individual Levelling Up Fund bids, the Government are “determined to help Harlow transform local skills and infrastructure by capitalising on the brand new hospital, Science Park and of course, the £23.7 million Town Deal”.
In response to the Minister’s commitment, Mr Halfon said: “I have worked hard every day in Parliament to secure more investment for our town. Today, the Government has reaffirmed their commitment to building an even better Harlow.
“It is not just a commitment. The Conservative Government are investing hundreds of millions of pounds into transforming our town including: £81 million for junction 7a, over £20 million into Harlow College in recent years, a £23.7 million Town Deal for vital regeneration, hundreds of millions for our new hospital, tens of millions to build the new Science Park and Enterprise Zones creating thousands of new jobs.
“I will continue to work hard to build an even better Harlow and am working closely with the new Conservative Council to ensure that the regeneration of our town becomes a reality.”
The lesson for Mr. Halfon: "if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging" because if the hole is getting bigger you will generally find you can't get out! Eleven years since Mr. Halfon was elected on the usual "I am working hard for Harlow". But sadly he should just spend time looking at what he has actually achieved over that time. The facts of decay out-way the fiction sadly. The hospital promise made several times during this period has been shown to be part of that big hole and will not be filled this side of 2029 if ever. Perhaps the "note in the Treasury in 2010" will be used again!
Delivery of hospitals and their associated infrastructure takes time to deliver under any government. I will be more than happy to slag off Mr Halfon if the new hospital site near Junction 7a has not seen an excavator by May 2024.