Derby Day For FTA

Posted on: Monday, 24 January 2011 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

Today saw a return to Parliament for FTA, and a discussion of local transport and planning issues with Shadow Communities Minister and Derby North MP Chris Williamson.

Mr Williamson was elected just last May to replace popular local man Bob Laxton, and has already seen himself promoted to the front bench by Ed Miliband, with a particular remit looking into planning issues.

Indeed, planning issues were one of the chief concerns put forward by FTA to Mr Williamson; particularly in relation to curing the shocking lack of safe and secure lorry parking in Britain, and the potential for using park and ride facilities overnight to cure this deficit.

Other issues discussed included the need for better access to ports and planning problems for intermodal freight terminals, alongside the forthcoming Localism Bill and its potentially damaging impact on the ability of private companies to confidently build new freight infrastructure.

Mr Williamson seemed receptive to FTA’s arguments, and FTA looks forward to working more closely with him and his Labour DCLG team colleagues in the coming months.

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