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ICE gears up to host infrastructure debates ahead of elections

ICE regional teams are gearing up to host debates on infrastructure this week ahead of elections for the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Assembly and the London Mayoral Election which take place this year.

ICE are leading the infrastructure debate in the lead up to this year’s elections in Wales, Scotland, N Ireland and London.
ICE are leading the infrastructure debate in the lead up to this year’s elections in Wales, Scotland, N Ireland and London.

The debates, or hustings as they are known in political parlance, will see candidates from parties across the political spectrum debate the infrastructure needs of communities around the country.

Streamed live from ICE's Headquarters One Great George Street, the London Infrastructure Debate, taking place on 4 April at 18:30, will provide the main Mayoral candidates with the chance to set out their stalls on issues surrounding housing, transport, airport capacity, skills, climate change and a number of other infrastructure issues. In March, ICE London's Infrastructure for London Manifesto set out ten recommendations for the Mayor and London Assembly ahead of the Elections.

Belfast's Metropolitan Arts Centre will host a live-streamed Built Environment debate on 5 April at 12:00, chaired by Mark Simpson BBC political correspondent, resembling a 'Question Time' format, with panellists responding to questions from the floor and debating key built environment issues of importance to Northern Ireland. The recommendations set out in March's 2016 Manifesto, 'Building Our Quality of Life,' by ICE Northern Ireland, were widely reported in regional news and are sure to set the tone of the debate.

The National Assembly for Wales Election Hustings 2016 will take place on 7 April at 17:00 and will provide an opportunity for the representatives of the main political parties in Wales to express their vision and aspirations for the future of Wales. Also streamed live, the event will be Chaired by Geraint Talfan Davies, Chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Chair of the Welsh Arts Council, board member of Welsh Water and current Chair of Welsh National Opera. It follows the publication of ICE Wales 'Manifesto for Infrastructure in Wales 2016: Prosperity, Growth and Jobs'. The Manifesto features vital recommendations for the next Assembly term, which focus on improving resilience, skills and infrastructure delivery.

The debates will conclude on 19 April in Edinburgh, where politicians across the political landscape in Scotland will debate questions on the built environment and Scottish infrastructure. Sure to colour the debate will be ICE Scotland's Manifesto for Infrastructure: Scotland 2016. The publication sets out a vision of what needs to be done to ensure Scotland has transport, energy, waste, water and flooding networks fit for the future and challenges the nation's policy-makers to commit to infrastructure.

ICE is helping to set the long term agenda for UK infrastructure as part of its National Needs Assessment, a project to provide a cross-sector assessment of the UK's national economic infrastructure – energy, transport, communications, water, waste and flooding needs to 2050 and identify options for how they can be met.