KATE Willard, Thames Estuary Envoy, and chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board reacted to the Chancellor’s updated on Investment Zones:
“The Chancellor is absolutely right to refocus investment zones, especially in the current economic climate. But, there is plenty the government can still do to support these areas and accelerate regeneration without throwing the chequebook at them.
“Leveraging local research strengths will be important but the focus must be on encouraging private sector investment and partnerships. The role of the government must be to encourage that investment, allowing it to ignite ambitious projects like ours in the Thames region, adding fuel to levelling up plans.”