The Conservative Coup Council along with the Council Officers of the State, Metcalfe and company are seeing their ‘regeneration for business’ start its work.
The Isle of Wight Council’s new regeneration team attended their first event; SiteMatch 2017 at The Shard in London on Wednesday (8 February).
SiteMatch is a property event which helps to create working relationships between public sector landowners and private sector developers and investors, where discussions about possible future regeneration and development projects take place.
They cannot wait to spend our tax money and are head over heals with enthusiasm for their plans.
Chris Ashman is the new director of regeneration and attended the event with colleagues. Chris said: “SiteMatch is a bit like ‘speed-dating’ for regeneration. It was a chance for us to put the Isle of Wight ambitions on the map and to get people talking about some of the great opportunities that have already been identified. While we’re still at the very early stages of devising our regeneration plans, it’s important that we start to build contacts, leads and prospects that could help us in the future.
“Those attending were really receptive to a series of initial projects that we’ll be looking at in the coming weeks and months. It was good to gauge what’s happening within the markets and what potential developers are looking for at the moment.
The intention is also to create localised investment zones, supposedly for regeneration, but in actuality to derive added-value from the locality in favour of the monopolies that control these partnerships and newly-created regeneration committees.
The neo-liberal austerity policy has forced the issue and served to reduce the remits of unitary authorities away from acting so much as providers of services and community schemes to purely business interests.
Attracting big business through lucrative schemes, matched funding for specific capital projects and business incentives is the message. In the final analysis, it facilitates the claim of the monopolies on the added-value, the social product, so as to fill their own pockets rather than claims being made by the people towards investment in the services they require.
Today’s fight includes the fight against the transformation into a monopoly-serving business-centred authority operated by the local politicians acting in cohorts with the state and government.