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Louise Ellman Briefing June 14, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Legislation, MP Briefings.
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Louise Ellman MPLast week, Louise Ellman MP held one of her regular briefings for members. She began the meeting with a brief update of her activities both locally and in the House.

The first question from members was around the issue of air passenger duty which has been blamed for having an adverse effect on some air routes out of LJLA, and giving a negative image of the city which is seen not to be able to support these key routes.

The second was about the proposed removal of rate relief on vacant properties.  While Liverpool is moving away from grant supported development, the property market is still fragile and these proposals could be potentially damaging for the city.

Louise explained that while the legislation was designed to address abuses its could work against some businesses, and Louise promised to pursue this .

The next question concerned improved rail links to between south Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales and Liverpool City Centre and airport. The issue had extensive time around the planning proposals and use of the Halton Curve was raised. Louise urged interested parties to keep lobbying and she outlined the benefit that the draft Local Transport Bill will bring with suggested improvements to local transport governance.

The next question covered an update of the current Planning White Paper that has been designed to speed the planning process of large scale national schemes, while the domestic threshold will be raised for small scale projects. On the whole, this appears to be a positive change in legislation for the business community.

The decision to re-locate Business Link in Preston was questioned in the AOB section as was availability of MPs for businesses located in other constituencies, the Chamber will pursue the option of holding a larger scale meeting involving more Members of Parliament .

The next meeting will take place on 28 September, questions can be submitted in advance to steve.pearse@liverpoolchamber.org.uk  

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