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Monday 26th July 2010 (Andrew Griffiths)

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has re-iterated his support for the National Football Training Centre in Burton amid concerns of further delays

As a handful of local residents launched a legal bid to prevent the building of 28 houses and hotel at the site, without which the project would be rendered financially unviable, Andrew tabled a Parliamentary motion to press for an urgent resolution so work can get underway as soon as possible. Andrew has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) – a formal motion for debate to draw attention to specific events or campaigns – and has already received backing from a dozen MPs.

Speaking about the further delays, Andrew said:

“To use a sporting analogy, I feel ‘sick as a parrot’. The £100 million development is so important for the future of Burton in bringing jobs, inward investment and new prosperity for the area. East Staffordshire Borough Council has worked tirelessly and done a brilliant job in securing this development for Burton and it is all so disappointing that the project faces yet another delay.”

Andrew went on to say:

“We all know that there isn’t money swilling around and that everyone needs to look at more innovative ways to finance projects. If the FA are to build this brilliant centre then they need to do something to create the finance and I think a hotel and 28 homes is a small price to pay for the investment, the jobs and the fact it will put Burton on the map again. I understand concerns of residents but, if it brings such a lot of employment and prosperity to local people, I feel we should be grasping this opportunity. 99.9 per cent of Burton is cheering on the project and I hope we can find a compromise that lets us all work together to make this thing happen. I am delighted that my Parliamentary colleagues are backing the plan to build the FA Centre in Burton.”

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