By Rachael Grealish
Cleator Moor is set to receive £22.5m boost as part of Towns Fund.
The Copeland town is one of 26 in England will share over £610 million to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better from the pandemic, it was announced today, Tuesday June 8.
Copeland’s MP has commended the work of Cleator Moor Towns Fund Board as the Government gives the green light for a £22-million-pound funding boost for the town.
The funding will make way for a raft of new projects for the town, as developed by the Cleator Moor Towns Board, including renewing the town square and creating an attractive environment for under used units, enhanced sports and leisure provisions and development of a high-quality sustainable transport network.
The funding will also see the transformation of Leconfield Industrial Estate.
Trudy Harrison said: “This is testament to Cleator Moor’s community spirit and sporting heritage, enterprising businesses, strong nuclear sector and the support of Copeland Borough Council.
“Kayleigh Daniels has led her Town team well and Government clearly understands the town’s potential.
“This is probably the biggest cash injection of a generation into Cleator Moor and it will be transformational in its outcomes.”
These new Towns Deals range from seaside towns like Hastings and Hartlepool to the historic market towns of Bedford and Bishop Auckland, alongside the small Cumbrian town.
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.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP 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 26 areas, backed by over £610 million 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.”
Today’s announcement is part of comprehensive action by the government to level up opportunity and prosperity across all areas of the country, including through the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund, the £220 million Community Renewal Fund and the £830 million Future High Streets Fund.