Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the news that Worcester will receive £1 million to kick start regeneration projects and give areas a boost announced today by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.
This funding, which ranges from £500,000 up to £1 million per town, will be used to support projects that will make a difference to the area, such as new green spaces, the creation of pop-up businesses spaces, pedestrianising streets to encourage walking or cycling and creating of new community hubs to support those living alone.
This investment will give areas in all corners of England the opportunity to drive economic growth and improve prospects for their communities, which will be vital as the country continues to respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. These funds are part of the overall £3.6 billion Towns Fund money allocated – with this initial pot shared out now to get some projects off the ground and give local areas the boost they need.
All 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal were given a funding allocation with proposals submitted to the MCHLG in August, before being reviewed by officials and a final decision made by ministers.
Robin supported the bid for early funding and in Worcester the £1 million in funding that has been accelerated will go towards additional business space the Arches; St Martins Gate Electric Vehicle Charging Points; expansion to the Building Block Warndon and digitally enabling community centres.
Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:
“I was delighted to see confirmation this morning that the Worcester Towns Fund will receive £1m funding up front to deliver projects to build back better & support jobs, skills and connectivity in the city.”
“The impact of Covid-19 makes these investments so vital. The past few months has been challenging for the community and I am pleased that this government has made clear its commitment to investing in Worcester and making a difference to the lives of people living and working here.”
“The £1m announced today is a down payment on up to £25m available to Worcester under the fund & will allow Worcester City Council to invest in expansion of the Building Block in Warndon, more EV charging spaces & better digital connectivity Worcester Community Trust Community Centres.”
“I will continue to work closely with local leaders and the Government to ensure this money is invested wisely and reflects local priorities, to ensure our community gets the maximum possible benefit.”
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said:
“Our Towns Fund will help to share prosperity across the country and level-up. This £80 million funding for immediate investment is a real boost for our towns and will help them thrive with investment in transport, technology, skills and culture.
“It will give towns across the opportunity to drive economic growth and improve prospects for their communities, which will be vital as the country respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We are fully behind our high streets and will support local areas to build back better.”
Notes to Editors
- On 27 July 2019 the Prime Minister announced that the £3.6 billion Towns Fund would support an initial 101 town deals across England. See further details of the announcement.
- A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision