MP Brian Binley hits out at Legal & General in New Year message

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Northampton South MP Brian Binley has again called on the owners of the Grosvenor centre to “get on or get out” in his New Year message.

Mr Binley said he would be supporting plans for HS2, the high-speed rail link, in 2014 and will continue to promote the Northampton Alive project.

However, he said developing the town’s biggest shopping centre remained a key priority and called on Legal & General, the owners of the Grosvenor Centre, to deliver on the promise the firm made to the people of the town more than a decade ago.

He said: “I would say to Legal & General to get on or get out.

“We are going to have 350,000 people or thereabouts living in Northampton in 25 years time.

“At the very least Legal & General need to carry out the promise they made to the people of Northampton when they bought the shopping centre.”

Looking ahead to 2014, Mr Binley added: “I am a great supporter of HS2 because I think it is absolutely vital for the town.

“I think HS2 is very important for us.

“There are going to be about 56,000 more homes in and around Northampton in the future and we will need the West Coast Mainline to be unblocked because it is full to capacity now.”

Talking about the Northampton Alive project, he added: “We have created a buzz, we have created a situation where we don’t have such an inferiority complex with Milton Keynes and things are happening.

“Northampton Alive has been really important and it is increasingly important, particularly with the Enterprise Zone for youngsters in Northampton to get jobs.”