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30 towns to share government’s £725m Towns Fund

30 towns in England will share £725m of the government’s Towns Fund to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better from the pandemic.

These new Town Deals range from seaside towns to historic market towns and the money will help them to grow their local economies, while also carving out new opportunities to reshape the look and feel of their areas.

The deals will help breathe new life into neglected areas or unused buildings by creating vibrant spaces for businesses, community events or much needed new homes.

Projects also include renovations to tourist attractions, which will help to boost the cultural and tourism offers of towns.

Sustainability is at the heart of many of the schemes, with new greener transport infrastructure, including cycle paths and pedestrian walkways that will connect areas in the greenest way possible.

The government said the deals will also create thousands of jobs, with many towns investing in opportunities to improve skills through new vocational training hubs that will support high skilled and higher paid jobs in the area for local people.

These deals will see hundreds of millions of pounds invested in projects across England, including:

  • Doncaster will use its £24.8m of investment to upgrade Doncaster Station Gateway and its surroundings by creating greener transport options, such as cycle lanes and walking routes. The money will also be used to provide high-quality and attractive commercial space, boosting investment and increasing footfall to the town centre.
  • Hartlepool will invest part of their £25m deal in a new health and care academy and a civil engineering institute to boost local skills as part of plans to support more higher-skilled, higher-paid jobs in the local area.
  • Hastings’ £24.3m investment includes a new green and Low Carbon Centre of Excellence that will provide new commercial space, while also helping the town seize the opportunities of the emerging green economy. It will also boost the town’s tourism offer through improvements to the castle and other public spaces.
  • Hereford is set to use its £22.4m investment to introduce a fleet of electric buses and regenerate the museum, library and art gallery into a unique modern visitor attraction.

Commenting, Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick said:

“We are levelling up towns and cities across the country by building stronger and more resilient local economies, boosting prosperity and opportunity in our communities and helping them build back better from the pandemic.

“Today I am announcing new Town Deals in 30 areas, backed by over £725m investment from the Towns Fund.

“This will support locally-led projects to transform disused buildings and public spaces, deliver new green transport and create new opportunities for people to develop new skills.

“This is a boost for communities and businesses across England.

The announcement means that 83 Town Deals have now been agreed, totalling over £2bn of investment in communities across England and is part of the government’s aim to level up opportunity and prosperity across all areas of the country.

A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between the government, the lead council and the Town Deal Board and will set out a vision and strategy for the town, as well as what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision.

The offers announced respond to locally-led proposals put forward by the lead council and Town Deal Boards with representation from business, the local community, public sectors and local MPs.

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