Let's talk Ledbury up, not down

Is Ledbury resilient?

It is right to be concerned when a major employer announces job losses, but for Cllr Hadley and others to use this as an opportunity to make inaccurate, cheap political points is unhelpful and ultimately destructive.

Unemployment in Ledbury is 1.7 per cent. Amongt many things this is a testament to the hard working people of Ledbury, good local businesses, good education and decent local infrastructure.

Ledbury has a major link to the West Midlands and South Wales via the M50.

Ledbury has a bypass allowing industrial areas and protecting the town from heavy traffic.

Ledbury was one of the first areas in the county to benefit from major investment in superfast broadband.

Ledbury has a mainline train link. Bill Wiggin MP has invited Stephen Hammond MP, Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport, to Ledbury in May in order to further his campaign to improve rail services.

Heineken/UBL invested £110 million in 2008 and fruit milling is continuing in Ledbury.

The investment of £58 million in Hereford will further secure the cider industry within the county.

All these things support jobs and will continue to ensure that Ledbury has inward investment and remains resilient and vibrant.

Not everyone will agree with everything, but I think the past and current politicians have delivered for Ledbury. We should be proud to talk Ledbury up and not down.

Cllr Patricia Morgan

Frome Ward

Herefordshire Council

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3:38pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Andrew Warmington says...

Clllr Morgan has some nerve accusing people of "talking Ledbury down" when she is actually the deputy leader of the party that is ruling this county and is actively doing down not just Ledbury but all of our market towns.

If it is correct that unemployment in Ledbury is 1.7%, this will double it at a stroke, more or less. So, yes, we are right to be concerned. But what to we get from our deputy leader? Any commitment to do what the county council can to persuade Heineken not to close, or at least to mitigate the effects?

Dream on. What we get is the implied suggestion that all is well since Hereford is getting the investment instead and fruit milling will continue here. Yes, right, with 15% of the current jobs. Plus mentions of various things that Ledbury does have that are irrelevant here like the M50 link and the bypass, with a sycophantic mention of what Bill Wiggin is doing chucked in for good measure.

(Oh and don't forget to use the term 'hard working' like Lynton Crosby told you all to, eh, Patricia? I'm sure the party leaders will be pleased with you.)

All this is sadly typical, both of the callousness of rich Tories towards the everyday struggles of ordinary people and the county council's complete indifference to anything outside their pet projects in Hereford itself. Voters in Ledbury and indeed Frome ward should take note.
Clllr Morgan has some nerve accusing people of "talking Ledbury down" when she is actually the deputy leader of the party that is ruling this county and is actively doing down not just Ledbury but all of our market towns. If it is correct that unemployment in Ledbury is 1.7%, this will double it at a stroke, more or less. So, yes, we are right to be concerned. But what to we get from our deputy leader? Any commitment to do what the county council can to persuade Heineken not to close, or at least to mitigate the effects? Dream on. What we get is the implied suggestion that all is well since Hereford is getting the investment instead and fruit milling will continue here. Yes, right, with 15% of the current jobs. Plus mentions of various things that Ledbury does have that are irrelevant here like the M50 link and the bypass, with a sycophantic mention of what Bill Wiggin is doing chucked in for good measure. (Oh and don't forget to use the term 'hard working' like Lynton Crosby told you all to, eh, Patricia? I'm sure the party leaders will be pleased with you.) All this is sadly typical, both of the callousness of rich Tories towards the everyday struggles of ordinary people and the county council's complete indifference to anything outside their pet projects in Hereford itself. Voters in Ledbury and indeed Frome ward should take note. Andrew Warmington
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