Rachael Maskell MP for York Central asked a question relating to Acomb Front Street’s ‘barricade of bollards’ at the Business Questions session in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon. Ms Maskell asked the Leader of the House, Penny Mordaunt MP how the Government would be scrutinising the use and spending of the Shared Prosperity Fund. Highlighting how York had secured £5.8m from the fund, Ms Maskell said residents were ‘horrified to find that £400k had been squandered on a half-paved high street barricaded by 136 bollards’.
The Leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt MP assured the MP for York Central that her concerns would be raised directly with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and that there are evaluation works regarding the awarding of this funding and that she was ‘sorry that that is not delivering a better impact for [Ms Maskell’s] local residents’.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“I find it hard to believe that the barricade of bollards that now greets people to Acomb Front Street is what residents or businesses wanted for Acomb’s main shopping area.
“The public consultation that residents and businesses contributed towards as part of trying to shape their neighbourhood and shopping area has seemingly been ignored, at expense, and a horrific bollard environment is now installed, where there should have been public benches, planters and space for cafes.
“Yet again, the Council’s Executive of Lib Dem and Green Councillors have wasted almost half a million pounds of public money on a pet project. Their careless attitude to throwing public money down the drain is a dreadful pattern that proves York can’t afford for them to remain in power any longer.”
You can read Rachael’s contribution here on Hansard