The urgent need for new homes in Morecambe should be the chancellor’s priority in today’s budget, according to Amina Lone, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Budget of the need to build more homes and invest in local regeneration, she insisted the needs of Morecambe should come ahead of George Osborne’s pledge to build new “fantasy towns” in the south of England.
Highlighting plans to refurbish the Battery Hotel and convert it into 17 flats, Ms Lone said investment was needed to bring forward similar plans for more quality and affordable housing across the town and support regeneration efforts to boost jobs and economic growth.
She said: “Instead of pursuing fantasy towns in the south, George Osborne should commit to investing to help families feeling the squeeze here.
“He should make funding for regeneration initiatives to create jobs and growth a priority and commit to a major new house building programme to ease real shortages in the area.”
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An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Conservatives had stopped funding for the regeneration programme in Morecambe.
We have been asked to point out by Morecambe MP David Morris that this is not the case and in fact he has helped to secure major funding from the Government.
Mr Morris points out that Morecambe has received over £500m of inward investment since
he became the Member of Parliament.
We apologise for the error and any confusion caused.