James Morris MP: Bid for ‘Leveling Up’ benefits

YOU don’t need to follow politics too closely to know that a key objective of this government is to “upgrade” the parts of our country that have been left behind, so that life chances do not depend more on a postcode lottery.

While many of our major cities have benefited from investment in recent years, often areas on the outskirts of a city, such as Halesowen & Rowley Regis, have been overlooked.

We all know there’s something to be proud of in our region, and that’s why I was delighted to lend my support to local projects recently that are bidding for investment.

You may have read recently in Halesowen & Dudley News of the £20m bid to regenerate Halesowen, demolish the Pool Road car park and replace it with a new state-of-the-art campus for the College, which will increase attendance in the town .

Plans also include additional parking, new plantings and better bike access.

I have also supported plans to replace the Haden Hill Leisure Center with a new facility that will be more accessible and provide a long term sustainable supply of sports and leisure in our part of the borough of Sandwell.

Finally, I have also added my signature to a bid from the West Midlands Combined Authority to upgrade bus infrastructure in the area, whereby bus stops on eight services that run through my constituency will benefit from new digital screens and video surveillance.

Whether it’s making people feel safer, helping people improve their well-being, or giving people the opportunity to deepen their skills, “Leveling Up” is so much more. just a slogan.

I hope we see these projects come to fruition, not only to build civic pride, but to bring tangible benefits to life chances here at Halesowen & Rowley Regis.

Laura J. Boyer