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MP meets residents angry over plans to build on park

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is urging Dudley Council to drop plans to turn a local park into a car park.

Austin is due to meet residents at Lister Road tomorrow (Friday) at 4.30 to discuss Dudley Council’s plans to turn a local park and football pitches into a car park for over 200 cars.

The council has drawn up plans for the new car park as part of the redevelopment of its depot at Lister Road, but Austin says it will deprive youngsters and sports teams of popular pitches, whilst residents who currently look out over the park will be faced with a car park instead.

Austin has written to the council to object to the plans and is urging residents to do the same.

He is also asking Sport England, the Football Association and Active Black Country, the local partnership responsible for boosting participation in sport, to oppose the plans.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m telling Dudley Council to get their hands off the sports pitches and open space at Lister Road.

“Residents have told me that they are horrified about plans to replace their park with a car park.

“It has been public open space for as long as anyone can remember and it is well used by local football teams and people in the area.

“There is a childhood obesity crisis and here we have a local council planning to concrete over sports facilities.”

 

Hands off Lister Road park, Austin tells council

MP meets residents angry over plans to build on park

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said he’s “absolutely delighted” at Dudley College being awarded an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted.

He congratulated College Principal Lowell Williams and all his colleagues and students on achieving the award which ranks Dudley College as one of the best in the country.

Austin has supported Mr Williams and his team as they built a brilliant new town centre campus, tackled the college’s financial problems, increased student numbers and transformed the quality of teaching.

The college is also working closely to support businesses in the borough and is now the largest provider of apprenticeships in the West Midlands.

Austin is backing the college’s plans to develop University Centre Dudley, a new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre at Castle Hill that will boost the Black Country’s economy and bring new industries and new jobs to the area.

The centre be a new university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre making Dudley a national centre for a wide range of new industries such as vehicle propulsion, rail systems and digital engineering.

It will enable Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher level and technical apprenticeships and will work with other universities to offer degrees.

Ian Austin said:

“Everyone in Dudley should be saying a massive thank you to Lowell Williams and his team for the way they have turned the college round, transformed the town centre, supported local businesses and helped strengthen the area’s economy.

“I’ve always said we need to make education our number one priority to help local businesses grow, give youngsters a first class start and give adults the opportunity to get new jobs too.

“The college’s success is helping Dudley and the Black Country attract new investment and new jobs to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries. The new campus won’t just transform a derelict site but transform our economy and the opportunities for local youngsters.”

Austin expresses delight at college's outstanding Ofsted rating

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said he’s “absolutely delighted” at Dudley College being awarded an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted.

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A new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre will transform Dudley and bring new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.

The plans have been developed by Dudley College and won the backing of Labour’s candidate for the West Midlands Mayor Sion Simon during a visit to Dudley today.

The plan proposes a new campus on the former freight-liner terminal at Castle Hill next to the site of the new £27 million Very Light Rail Innovation Centre being developed with Warwick University’s Warwick Manufacturing Group.

It will be a new university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre making Dudley a national centre for a wide range of new industries such as vehicle propulsion, rail systems and digital engineering.

It will enable Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher level and technical apprenticeships and will work with other universities to offer degrees.

Ian Austin said:

“Sion Simon has promised that if he becomes the Mayor Dudley will get this fantastic new campus.

“This is brilliant news for Dudley because it will open up opportunities and build a better future for local people and make Dudley a strong town again.

“The new campus will bring new cutting-edge, hi-tech industries to Dudley as well as more apprenticeships, degrees and well-paid jobs for local people.

“I’ve always said we need to make education our number one priority to help local businesses grow, give youngsters a first class start and give adults the opportunity to get new jobs too.

“Dudley is the biggest place in the country with no university campus so this will help us attract new investment and new jobs to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries. The new campus won’t just transform a derelict site but transform our economy and the opportunities for local youngsters.”

Sion Simon said:

“The Black Country lit the spark that fired the Industrial Revolution, changing not just the West Midlands or even Britain, but the whole of the world. That’s why we will take back control of skills budgets and work with Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher and technical apprenticeships and contribute to a £30 million university centre - a new, university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre in the heart of the Black Country that will make Dudley a national leader of skills in vehicle propulsion, rail systems, digital engineering and more.”

Labour's Promise: New £30m University Centre in Dudley

A new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre will transform Dudley and bring new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.


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