MEP Anthea brings Pickles to Hereford  

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre expressed delight that Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government accepted her invitation to visit Herefordshire on Thursday and Friday, 1 March 2012.

During his tour, Mr Pickles visited the Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas and the Hereford Cattle Market site development at Edgar Street, Hereford.

(Anthea McIntyre with Eric Pickles MP and Ray Stone, Chairman of Rotherwas Enterprise Zone)

He also met members of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and was the keynote speaker at Herefordshire 2020 ‐ A Vision for the County, a Conference organised on behalf of Herefordshire Business Board, the Marches LEP, Herefordshire Council and Visit Herefordshire at The Courtyard and he held a number of other meetings with key-stakeholders.

Before the visit Anthea McIntyre MEP said "I am delighted that Eric Pickles is coming to see for himself the progress that is being made on a number of fronts to revitalise the County and that he will take part in the discussions that will help shape Herefordshire in the future. Herefordshire has been described as ‘The Forgotten County’ and this visit is part of a concerted effort to show that Herefordshire can have a fantastic future that harnesses our heritage and incorporates new opportunities in an innovative and dynamic way.

"Eric’s visit, coming so soon after the Prime Minister’s visit, shows that Herefordshire’s elected representatives are working closely together to make the County’s voice heard.”

 (Anthea and Eric with members of The Marches LEP)