Norwich South MP Simon Wright: A City Deal for Norwich - Freeing Our City for Growth

Norwich MP Simon Wright Norwich MP Simon Wright

Simon Wright
Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:30 AM

Whitehall doesn’t know best when it comes to the decisions that affect our local communities.

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In Norwich, we know where future jobs in the area are likely to be based, we know the skills that we need to help local people access those jobs, and we know what infrastructure our city needs.

It stands to reason that locally we should have the power and the freedom we need to unlock our growth potential. That’s what a City Deal is all about. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for a City Deal. Every city has its own strengths, its own unique offer, and therefore its own case to secure freedoms from central government.

For Norwich, our world-class reputation for research and innovation needs to be exploited to deliver more jobs and bring further economic gains locally.

Our City Deal will make the most of the potential to grow business opportunities around the Norwich Research Park, the digital creative sector, and aviation around Norwich International Airport.

In total, more than 19,000 jobs can be created by 2026, supported by our City Deal. In recognition of Norwich’s progress towards a City Deal, we have already gained support that otherwise would not be open to us. Earlier this year, we won £3.7m from the government to improve cycle links in the city. But the biggest gains are still to come.

It will become cheaper for Norwich to borrow up to £80m to deliver the infrastructure that we need to grow.

Local businesses will get the help they need to work together, to trade, to secure grants and investment, and to benefit from the expertise in our local universities. Young people will get the support they need to access jobs and training.

A new skills programme, involving employers, will lead to more investment in opportunities such as apprenticeships and graduate internships.

The East of England is one of the fastest growing economic powerhouses of the UK, with job creation at its highest rate since 2007.

Norwich is a key driver of that growth, and with a City Deal we are being equipped with the tools we need to be the jewel in the region’s crown.

6 comments

  • So all the jobs are to the west of Norwich whilst our councils are building all the houses and roads to the North, do we really know better than Whithall?

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    Marigold

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • The effective control and management of human sewerage has led to the biggest advance of public health ever yet the privatised utilities currently responsible have provided no information on whether sewerage capacity will need to be increased.There is nothing worse than overflowing sewage.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • With the nation floundering in debt and the solution they can come up with? Borrow more money.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • 19,000 jobs so they are building 37,000 houses. Has none of these twits passed eleven plus arithmetic?

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    alecto

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Take a good long look at that toothy grin above, because 15 or so and you won't be seeing it again.

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • growth is better than decline, but we still have the infrastructure of a town not a city. With the NRP it is car based growth, not smart growth. Look at the earlham five ways junction, it is overloaded now. Growth of jobs and homes will have to mean change in the character of city streets and junctions and it may not always be pretty or good for cyclists. Assuming that budgets can be found to fix bottlenecks or that a feasible solution is available. Congestion charging here we come?!

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    itsme73

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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