Peterlee (Amenities)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1965.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington 12:00 am, 29th June 1965

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what schemes have been submitted to his department for improvements in amenities in the new town of Peterlee; and what decisions he has reached.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

Since the Answer given to my right hon. Friend in November, 1964, my right hon. Friend the Minister has approved plans for playing fields, part of the sports and social centre in the northern part of the town, and for the extension of the existing golf course. He is considering proposals for an entertainments centre, to include bowling alley and cinema; for a town centre building to include halls for social activities and for the contribution by the development corporation towards the cost of providing a swimming bath.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Is my hon. Friend aware that this new town has been in existence now for 18 years and it is about time that reasonable amenities were provided? Will he encourage the Development Corporation to get on with the job?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

I agree that the town very much needs these amenities, but my right hon. Friend is encouraged now that progress is being made by co-operation between the Corporation and the district council. He will certainly do all he can to facilitate it.