Dawn Primarolo MP has called on George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, to immediately support a new Enterprise Area for south Bristol.
Writing to Dawn late last year Mr Ferguson refused to commit to a south Bristol Enterprise Area, which could benefit from the City Deal money and other initiatives to encourage employment.
It has now been revealed in a meeting with Dawn in Westminster that representatives from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership have been meeting with Treasury officials to develop the idea of an Enterprise Area in south Bristol, but this is completely missing from their draft Strategic Economic Plan published just before Christmas.
“The Mayor has confirmed to me that he wants to link the new Filwood Green Business Park, Hengrove Park and other key development areas. But does his lack of enthusiasm mean that my constituents will miss out on new jobs?
“If this is to be a genuinely sustainable city we must ensure employment opportunities are spread throughout Bristol and that no communities are left to fall behind. Parts of my constituency experience high levels of deprivation and there is a recognised need for more jobs in the local area, especially high quality, decently paid jobs. Establishing an Enterprise Area will really help put South Bristol on the map as a desirable location for business.
“I would be very happy to work with the Mayor to ensure that the benefits of growth are shared more fairly and the creation of an Enterprise Area would be a significant first step.”