Fresh attempt to tackle area's jobless
By David LennardA NEW attempt to tackle north Suffolk's unemployment problem is being launched by forging closer links with neighbouring Great Yarmouth.
By David Lennard
A NEW attempt to tackle north Suffolk's unemployment problem is being launched by forging closer links with neighbouring Great Yarmouth.
Under the proposal by the Conservative group on Waveney District Council, an Urban Regeneration Company (URC) will be created to promote the area as an East Anglian sub-region.
It is hoped the establishment of a URC will concentrate efforts on industrial need in both north Suffolk and south-east Norfolk.
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There have been calls for the north Suffolk and Great Yarmouth areas to be more closely linked in the past, but the ruling Tory group on Waveney District Council believes both communities would benefit from such a positive move.
It is hoped more businesses would be attracted to the area as the URC would reduce the duplication in the preparation of bids for funds and inward investment.
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It will also provide the local authorities in Waveney and Great Yarmouth with a more powerful voice at the bargaining table.
Peter Austin, leader of Waveney District Council, said: “Wavcney and Great Yarmouth share many of the same problems and difficulties, but also advantages and attractions for industry.
“Together, we believe we can build strength out of adversity. However, time is of the essence in getting this company operational and delivering improved employment prospects to the area.”
Stephen Chilvers, who represents the Gunton and Corton area of Lowestoft, believed the move showed a commitment to making improvements for residents.
He also pledged the Tory group would do all it could to replace the jobs lost as a result of Government taxation and regulation policies.
The Conservatives took control of Waveney District Council following the local elections in May and are the largest single party, although they do not have an overall majority and will rely on the support of some opposition councillors to get their policies approved.