During the by-election I said that I could not support the Amazon proposal. I have not changed my mind on this. Since the election I have had a number of meetings with the Save Our Spen group and others. We recently met at the site with the planning officer concerned to make clear why the development was not in the best interests of local residents or the area more widely.
I raised the need for local people’s concerns to be taken seriously in the House of Commons chamber before the summer recess and I will continue to use whatever parliamentary means I can to make sure that happens.
My opposition to the proposals has been widely reported:
I called for the deadline for the public consultation to be extended and this has now happened, so I hope as many people as possible will register their objections.
This will continue to be one of my main priorities in the coming weeks and months.