Mayor to rebuke PM for no reply to letter

Shirley Weymouth is the new Mayor of Great Yarmouth.

Shirley Weymouth is the new Mayor of Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The mayor of Great Yarmouth will write to David Cameron asking why he hasn't replied to a letter sent by borough councillors in March.

The prime minister has still not responded to a message sent by a council committee six weeks ago about the country's steel industry.

At a meeting of the Yarmouth Area Committee last month, borough councillors discussed the use of British steel in the river defence scheme.

With the demise of the SSI steel plant in Teeside in the news, councillors asked why UK-produced metal was not being used for the project in Yarmouth.

It was noted however that the only place the specialist steel was made was in the Netherlands.

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A Labour councillor said that a letter to the prime minister should be written to express the concern that the Yarmouth Area Committee have in terms of the steel industry, and the committee agreed.

At last Tuesday's full council meeting, it was noted that Downing Street had still not responded to the letter.

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Despite a follow-up reminder letter being sent, the council committee has still not had a response from Downing Street, over six weeks later.

A Labour councillor said that it was not good that the prime minister's office failed to recognise correspondence from one of their local authorities.

Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Shirley Weymouth, said that a third letter would be sent using the mayor's letter-headed paper.

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