North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin attended a recent MPs briefing in Westminster, held by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Marches LEP, which was formed to boost economic growth and sustainable employment across the region, briefed Marches MPs on their achievements over the past 5 years, as well as announcing a bid for £68m of Government funding for future projects which could create more than 7,000 jobs and 2,850 new homes in the region.

LEP Director Gill Hamer added: “It was an extremely positive meeting with MPs. It gave us a chance to show how our work focuses on the ways we can build a diverse and strong economy which supports businesses; a skilled population; infrastructure which is for growth and strong communities which are sustainable.”

The Marches LEP has delivered 9,850 houses, created 8,000 jobs and secured £670m of private investment for the region in the last five years.

After the meeting, Bill Wiggin MP said:

“This was a very useful meeting where we were brought up to date with the excellent progress the LEP has made so far. Securing Government funding is crucial for further development in my North Herefordshire constituency and across the region.”

The LEP secured a further £7m for the roll out of superfast broadband.

The LEP is also asking for £5m to support the development of land for homes, employment land and a new primary school in Leominster.

Bill Wiggin MP added:

“The LEP plays a crucial role in maximising the potential of the communities in my North Herefordshire constituency. It is helpful that, as MPs, we support them to enable them to keep up their fantastic work.”