£75million To Be Injected In Local Area
Mansfield, Sutton and Kirkby are set to benefit from a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals.
After a sustained campaign by the town's MP Ben Bradley, Mansfield has been allocated £25 million of ring-fenced funding to invest into the community.
Mansfield is one of 100 places to benefit from a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals, announced today by Local Government Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP.
Mr. Bradley said he kept pointing out that Mansfield has not always benefitted from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas, despite its proud industrial and economic heritage.
Communities, businesses and local leaders will now join forces to draw up ambitious plans to transform their town’s economic growth prospects, with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture, to make sure he full benefit of the cash is felt.
Ben commented on the boost, “I am ecstatic with today’s news that Mansfield has successfully secured a £25m Town Deal! This is massive for our area and exactly what we’ve been campaigning for.
When I became an MP, I committed to shouting up for the constituency because Mansfield and Warsop had been forgotten for too long. There's so much we need to do, and I am delighted that Government is taking action and giving our town the support it needs with this once-in-a-generation Town Deal.
This is our chance to deliver on the key priorities that I’ve been working on since being elected: regenerating the High Street, supporting new jobs and boosting our tourism plan to link up with Sherwood Forest. It comes alongside the opportunity to get a further £25m in the Future High Streets Fund, where we're through to the final round.
£25m is a massive amount of money and will make the biggest difference to Mansfield and Warsop. I can promise all of my constituents that under this Government, the days of being forgotten are over – I am committed to continuing to ensure that Mansfield and Warsop are firmly on the map and making further big steps forward.”
Meanwhile, after the initial disappointment of being excluded from the list of 50 towns that were shortlisted for the Future High Streets Fund it has also been confirmed that both Sutton In Ashfield and Kirkby will get the investment of £25million each as well.
Mansfield Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams says there are more pots bubbling away, “It’s excellent news for Mansfield that we’re going to get this £25million, also Mansfield District Council are right now working really hard on getting our case put together for the bidding on the other £25million for the Future High Streets Fund. It’s very important that we got on with this work and hope that all the promises from the Government are realised”
Lee Anderson the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Ashfield said “This is great news, after the initial disappointment of ADC’s first failed bid I made my voice heard at the very highest levels in Government. I have recently met with the Prime Minister and several Government Ministers to advise them that our area is desperate for investment. It is great to see our Government listening to our concerns the extra funding of up to £50m will no doubt be welcomed in Ashfield. This highlights the fact that this Government is serious about our high streets and independent traders in places like Ashfield”.
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