I am calling for the government to bring 750 treasury jobs to Teesside. Investment decisions have too often favoured the south east and this needs to change. This should be seen as a small step towards rebalancing years of Conservative neglect. It shouldn’t even be a question.
But I am also calling the mayor to ensure our town centres are offered as the main location. Our town centres are the beating heart of the Tees Valley’ local economy. They are our culture, leisure and retail hubs, and we should be doing all we can to promote increased footfall – especially as we look to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
That’s why I’m concerned that the Tees Valley Mayor is appearing to talk down down new office accommodation in places like Middlesbrough, seeking instead to direct the Government to look at “out of town” options, especially around Teesside Airport. If this were to happen then the main beneficiary would be the airport, not the Tees Valley as a whole. The Tees Valley is about to see a mini revival and people will come here from all over the UK to live, work and play.
It is one of the greatest undiscovered places in the UK, from the stunning coast, the beautiful hills to the vibrant cultural scene, affordable homes and some of the warmest, passionate and brilliant people you will meet. It is a perfect location for government decision makers to relocate to. Let’s not allow them to get stuck at an out of town development.