Penrose ups pressure on council chiefs

PUBLISHED: 13:59 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

WESTON'S MP has ramped up the pressure on North Somerset Council s beleaguered executive ahead of tonight's (Tue) crunch vote on moving hundreds of local government jobs away from the town.

WESTON'S MP has ramped up the pressure on North Somerset Council's beleaguered executive ahead of tonight's (Tue) crunch vote on moving hundreds of local government jobs away from the town.

John Penrose says he will be closely monitoring the unitary authority's promise to make sure his constituency is not harmed by its proposed £16million move to Clevedon.

Senior councillors yesterday pledged that the town would not lose jobs if council workers are relocated to the former Clerical Medical building in Tickenham Road.

But Mr Penrose said: "Now we need to hold the council to its promise.

"I shall be watching very closely to make sure Weston's economy is rebuilt and that local jobs are safeguarded, and I'm sure every other local resident will too."

However, he said he was 'delighted' at the council's statement, which he said signalled their intent to create new jobs in Weston and keep council tax low.

The council says the jobs created at recently-approved developments at Weston airfield and Locking Parklands will more than compensate for any jobs it moves to Clevedon.

North Somerset Councillors will tonight be asked to approve the scheme, which would save just £64,000 per year over a 25-year period.

The plan, which has been drawn up behind closed doors by the council's executive, has been fiercely opposed by Weston residents and businesses.

It would see eight offices in the town closed, with 762 workers forced to move.

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