Would-be MEP visits Vaux site progress

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AN ASPIRING politician has paid a visit to Sunderland’s Vaux site, which is undergoing a multi-million pound make over.

Liberal Democrat candidate for the European Parliament, Angelika Schneider, was there to see work taking place to develop St Mary’s Way.

The project, which received £2.25million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness Programme funding, will remove a roundabout in front of the city’s magistrates’ court, to create access to a new central city square.

Angelika, who hopes to take over from Sunderland’s present Liberal Democrat MEP Fiona Hall after elections next May, said: “It’s great to see work taking place on the Vaux site at last.

“This project, on top of the European Union’s existing investments at Nissan and other sites shows the benefits Sunderland reaps from our membership of the European Union.

“UKIP’s push to take Britain out of the EU would be a disaster for jobs and the economy.”

It is hoped development of the site of the former Vaux Brewery will create up to 4,000 jobs.

The whole scheme should be finished by autumn next year.