Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Temporary measures around the use of outdoor spaces have given a huge boost to high streets and hospitality as we recover from the pandemic.
That is why the government has today launched a public consultation on making these measures permanent – from marquees being put up in pub grounds, to street markets operating all year round – these reforms will allow people to enjoy outdoor hospitality and local attractions, and provide opportunities for businesses to innovate.
This will help businesses to prosper, make our town centres livelier and help transform our high streets into thriving places to work, visit and live as we build back better.