JANUARY 2022: New from your local MP Chris Skidmore
Look forward with optimism
LEAVING 2021 behind, we can look forward to 2022 with great optimism.
As the local MP, I am looking forward to the opportunities presented to our area over the coming year.
As we continue to manage the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and gradually exit the pandemic, it is important that we continue to put in place the foundations for our economic, social and environmental recovery, so we can build back better and greener from the pandemic.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Linking the Greens project will continue to deliver travel and community benefits for the area. New paths, highway resurfacing, landscaping and planting, as well as skate park enhancements, are just some of the improvements to our area that 2022 will see.
Our environment will be further boosted through the exciting new Common Connections initiative led by South Gloucestershire Council. This is a £1 million four-year landscape and habitat restoration project to improve links between registered common land, woodlands and other natural habitats to create a Wildbelt - an area of land where building is not allowed, so that nature can be protected and restored - stretching from Lyde Green southwards to Willsbridge.
Construction works will also start on important pieces of new infrastructure, such as the new all-through Lyde Green School, which will provide extra school places and more choice for families to support our growing area. Work is also expected to start on Emersons Green library’s anticipated new extension which will house an “innovation space” for working and meeting, as well as more space for the children’s library.
These education and skills investments will help Emersons and Lyde Green’s population – young and old – to grab the exciting local opportunities we know are coming – not least in the hi-tech businesses in our local economy.
I was reminded of these when visiting the National Composites Centre (NCC) at the Science Park, which is the world-leading authority on composites, bringing together and developing the best minds and the best technologies, to solve the world’s most complex engineering challenges.
The NCC is next door to the new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems currently under construction, which will open later this year, providing yet more opportunities for local people to help solve global challenges.
I wish you all a Happy New Year.