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 Chairman of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
The previous twelve months have tested and challenged our cherished local high streets and town centres.
The planning reform measures announced today will allow the conversion of empty, boarded-up shops into cafés, restaurants or even new homes, helping the high street to adapt and thrive for the future while creating jobs and homes for local people.
These new measures will revitalise our high streets and town centres, ensuring that they remain at the heart of local communities as we build back better.