Public Works – Good for Regeneration?
Paul recently attended The University of Keele’s graduation ceremony as a new member of the university’s governing body. This week he attended the degree ceremony for the University of Greenwich at Rochester Cathedral. Last year the same university conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Paul to recognise his commitment to regeneration especially through the creation of the Universities at Medway.
In the eulogy, Professor Tom Barnes said that, “Paul had brought a lasting legacy to the region in his high flying political career and it was right that it should be recognised”.
In reply Paul said he was “extremely humbled and honoured to receive the award.”
Undoubtedly, both the Universities of Keele, Greenwich and the wider Medway Universities, including Kent and Canterbury Christchurch have brought jobs to the community and either spent directly or injected by paying salaries, money into local businesses.
So as latest figures show a deepening recession and the IMF cast some worrying doubts over the current direction of economic travel, is it time to look very closely at the effects of such public works as the Universities at Medway and to recognise the support such investment brings to struggling local and national economies?
For more details concerning Paul’s Honorary Doctorate visit the University of Greenwich.