Created: 06 September 2019
Great news this morning with the announcement that Goole's regeneration is in line for up to £25 million of funding announced this morning by the Conservative Government.
As residents will know from recent posts on here and in local newsletters, for some months I have been supporting and pushing efforts for Goole to be included in Government funding to regenerate and address the issue of town centre decline and also to support the wider economy of the town.
Well, this morning the Government has announced a list of 42 towns across the North which are in line to get a portion of a £3.6 billlion Towns Fund which has been created by the Government. Towns will be eligible for up to £25 million each, with Scunthorpe also being included. This money is on top of the recent announcement of £250k of Government money via the Local Enterprise Partnership which is being released to start to address the issue of empty shops and properties in the town centre.
The announcement from the Government explains, "The towns eligible for support from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund include places with proud industrial and economic heritage but have not always benefited from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas.
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."
This is fab news and something I actually raised with Boris when I went to discuss some policy ideas with him before he became PM. I have been pushing and pushing ever since then and it is absolutely great news that we have been included.
There will of course be a bit of a wait for the money as we work up the plans with the Government but I hope as many local people and stakeholders can be involved in that process as possible. There was a time when you never saw the Brigg and Goole constituency included in many government announcements, in recent years I think that has changed a bit!