Latest News | 18 June 2024

Businesses fear uncertainty will hit investment

Derby City Council
Cathedral Quarter Co Ltd
St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District
St James Securities
Wavensmere Homes
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Stakeholders are calling on Derby City Council to reconsider holding a proposed vote of no confidence in its leader, Councillor Baggy Shanker, in an emergency meeting due to be held in secret this evening.

Organisations representing thousands of businesses, including the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) for the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter, plus Marketing Derby, as well as investors, such as St James Securities and Wavensmere Homes, have submitted letters expressing deep concern about the introduction of political instability at a crucial time for Derby.

At immediate risk is a huge sum of up to £500 million of investment with genuine fears that instability will further affect investor confidence costing the city jobs and investment.

Wavensmere Homes, which has already built over 900 new homes in the Nightingale Quarter, with a further 500 homes in the immediate pipeline, has said it may now consider re-evaluating a further £250 million of investment in Derby.

St James Securities said that negotiations on the next phase of the £230 million Becketwell scheme were at a very sensitive stage and feared this might be threatened.

The BIDs are especially concerned about losing city centre regeneration momentum and today Marketing Derby has written to the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Ged Potter, reiterating these concerns and urging a different approach be taken to solve any political problems.

All submissions have stressed they are non-party political and supportive of the four-year electoral cycle introduced last year being broken, potentially leading to three years of uncertainty.

To read Marketing Derby’s letter in full click here.

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