March 2021: News from your local MP

March 08 2021

My positive plan

LAST month I reported on the fantastic news we had on two of our long-running campaigns that feature as part of my Positive Plan for Kingswood.
First, we had confirmation that we had secured £25 million of public investment from South Gloucestershire Council, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and from Government to transform the heart of Kingswood in ways that are fit for the future.
We also had news that our bid for a new £26 million school in Lyde Green had been approved, which will give more choice for pupils and their families in this growing part of South Gloucestershire.
 This month I want to encourage your ideas for the next stage of my Positive Plan.
As part of the Government’s plan to invest in local infrastructure and help boost the local economy as we recover from coronavirus, a new £4 billion Levelling Up Fund has been announced, to be invested in projects which will have a visible and positive impact on people and their communities and drive economic growth.
As your MP, I would like to know your ideas and priorities for this Levelling Up Fund. I can then work with the council, WECA and others on how best to achieve these for our area. This could include preparing one or more funding bid(s) that will command local support and stand the best possible chance of success in what will be a competitive process.
Should we be successful, this investment would be on top of what is already planned across the Kingswood constituency this year. Across council budgets and schools funding, we will see almost £200million of investment in the 2021/2022 financial year here in Kingswood. This equates to almost £5,000 per household and is an increase since last year.
From investing in children’s futures through the launch of a new Youth Employment Hub, supporting the most vulnerable with extra access to advice services, boosting the attractiveness of our high streets and working towards a net zero carbon Kingswood - all this is so important for supporting our local economy and securing our area’s future prosperity as we recover from unprecedented twelve months.
 Have your say on these projects by taking part in my survey, found at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9BVJQDG
 You will find a list of potential options and projects for investment, but I am also keen to hear your thoughts and feedback. You can also email me your comments and ideas on chris.skidmore.mp@parliament.uk