Here you can see some of the issues that David has campaigned on whilst Member of Parliament for Aylesbury.
High Speed Two (HS2)
David Lidington has fought hard within government to present the case against HS2 and to bring his constituents’ concerns directly to the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Transport Ministers. He has worked closely with campaign groups and local councils, and with individuals such as Cheryl Gillan, who also represented constituencies along the route.
He successfully lobbied Ministers to endorse local initiatives such as Wendover’s Green Tunnel and the Stoke Mandeville bypass designed to mitigate the impact of HS2 and continues to press strenuously the case for much improved mitigation and compensation.
David welcomes investment from the Local Enterprise Partnership
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), is delighted by the announcement today by Communities Secretary, Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP, that Buckinghamshire is to receive a further cash boost, as part of the Governments next round of Growth Deal Funding, of £20.48m to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth – this is in addition to the £53m of funding already committed by the Government.
“A massive thumbs-up for the Buckinghamshire economy” is how Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council described the multi-million pound cash injection by the Government to support transport, skills and business across the County.
· Business Growth and Innovation: a new Innovation Centre at Silverstone to advance the development of the High Performance Technology Cluster.
· Skills and Talent: the Vinson Centre for Liberal Economics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship providing an expanded facility for entrepreneurship undergraduate study and venture creation at the pioneering University of Buckingham - part of an ambitious £150m programme of growth for the University.
· Connectivity: the Stoke Mandeville Relief Road, part of the Aylesbury Ring Road development advanced and part funded by investment by HS2 Ltd, the new route will connect and enable development of major new housing and employment locations to the south of Aylesbury.
Competing with other Local Enterprise Partnerships for a slice of the Growth Deal funding announced earlier in the year by the former Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, BTVLEP’s £20.48m funding, will be matched by a further £135.5m of public and private investment to deliver a total investment worth £156m over a 5 year period up to 2021.
Buckinghamshire is the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain where, for well over a decade, more businesses have started here than anywhere else in the UK. It is no accident that we are the Birthplace of the Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville, the creative film engine for James Bond and Star Wars at Pinewood Studios, and the joint home of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Hampden Fields Housing Plan
Please see below a press release that has been released by the Hampden Fields Consortium about their new plans for new housing between Bedgrove and Weston Turville. A previous planning application was rejected on appeal by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
“This new application includes some welcome improvements compared with the developers’ previous effort.
“I’m pleased to see that the plan now proposes a dual carriageway link road between the A41 Aston Clinton Road and the A413 Wendover Road. The developers say that their traffic modelling predicts a consequent reduction in traffic pressure on roads through both Bedgrove and Weston Turville village.
“The new proposals also provide for a larger area of green field land between the new development and Weston Turville, which lessens the risk that a new development will lead to the coalescence of the village with Aylesbury.
“I will look carefully at the detail of new proposals, especially in terms of the impact on Aylesbury traffic. The planning authority that makes the decision is Aylesbury Vale District Council and I hope that residents who have views will make these known to them, which you can do here: