PROPOSALS A ‘REHASH OF LABOUR’S PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS’
Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has this week strongly opposed plans from Travelodge revealed last week to build a hotel on council land potentially using council funding.
The scheme which has been rolled out by 12 local authorities in England and Wales would be funded by North Lanarkshire Council, a public works loan or another source and built on council land.
NLC could then keep the hotel, charge rents or sell it to Travelodge.
The MP likened the proposal to a “rehash” of Labour’s Public-Private Partnerships which has resulted in low quality buildings sometimes costing five or six times their actual cost.
Commenting, Marion said:
“North Lanarkshire Council must immediately rule out any sale of council land to Travelodge. Council land should be used for council homes.
“It is extremely concerning that Travelodge’s proposals appeared in the news before NLC had even received it. And the proposal itself appears to be a rehash of Labour’s old Public-Private Partnerships where the council will provide the land and the funding to build facilities for Travelodge at great cost to the tax payer.
“Even if it would not cost the council, NLC should not be so quick to sell off public land to private developers.
“I fully support the building of a hotel and the creation of jobs, but Travelodge are more than capable of buying their own land and building their own hotels.
“The Scottish Government has committed funding to local authorities to build 50,000 affordable homes during this Parliament – a minimum of 35,000 of which will be for social rent. Homes and public facilities are what public land should be used for.”