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Top minister tours Berkeley


Levelling up minister Jacob Young has visited Berkeley with Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie to see the town council’s regeneration plans and tour key attractions.

The minister went to Berkeley Castle and Dr Jenner’s House with Ms Baillie before both then walked down the High Street and met with the town council.

He came after the Stroud MP raised Berkeley’s regeneration plans in parliament last month and asked him to visit.

“Siobhan is a fantastic champion for Berkeley and the wider Stroud district and it was fantastic to visit Berkeley Castle and Dr Jenner’s House and the key role that it has to play in the role of vaccination which is obviously relevant post-pandemic too,” Young said.

“I was pleased to visit Berkeley High Street and see the fantastic regeneration plans the town council has there. 

“From our perspective we want to do everything we can to help Berkeley feel levelled up and so I will take away some of the conversations we’ve had today to see what’s available for Berkeley and how we can unlock its potential.”

Ms Baillie said: “I really appreciated the minister coming to Berkeley after I raised this issue in Parliament.  It is important to have the government looking at the plans and seeing first hand the potential the town has.

“The town council has come up with great ideas to regenerate. Berkeley castle is also doing some extremely exciting things with their new visitor centre area and I would love to have a go at supporting getting Dr Jenner’s Museum designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.  

“I will continue banging the drum for local projects up in Westminster.”

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