Potters Bar MP lobbies government after Hertsmere’s failed funding bid

PUBLISHED: 11:53 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 20 February 2018

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden. Picture: Mr Dowden's office.

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden. Picture: Mr Dowden's office.


Potters Bar’s MP has lobbied the government for more information after Hertsmere’s failed infrastructure funding bid.

The government recently announced a new £2.3billion Housing Infrastructure Fund, designed to help communities nationwide cope with more housing and growing populations.

After Hertsmere’s unsuccessful bid, Mr Dowden wrote to the housing secretary Sajid Javid asking him to set out what other action the government is taking to help local authorities.

He said: “It’s crucial that if our communities grow, they are supported by the right infrastructure, so we have enough school places, good healthcare facilities and efficient transport links.

“This is something I push for as a minister, for example through my membership of the cross-government working groups looking at these issues.

“My letter to the housing secretary is just the latest part of my campaign as Hertsmere’s MP to make sure that our borough gets the infrastructure we need.

“I welcomed the government’s creation of the Housing Infrastructure Fund, and I have requested that the secretary of state write to me setting out what other action the government is taking alongside this to help local authorities such as Hertsmere.”

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