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£25m good news for regeneration projects

Posted onPosted on 9th Sep

Mansfield is set to receive up to £25m to develop innovative regeneration plans.

The town is among 100 places invited to develop proposals for a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals.

Towns eligible for support from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund include places with a proud industrial and economic heritage that have not always benefited from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas. The fund has a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

Mansfield and Warsop MP Ben Bradley, who said he had taken every opportunity to call on the Government to invest in Mansfield and Warsop, said: “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.”

Mansfield is also aiming to get a further £25m in the Future High Streets Fund.

Andy Abrahams, the Mayor of Mansfield, added: “This is a really exciting time for Mansfield town centre, our residents, businesses and visitors.

“The news of the Town Fund, in addition to the bid Mansfield District Council is developing for Future High Streets funding, puts us in the best possible position to be able to realise our ambitious plans to revitalise key areas, create local jobs and bring in new business.

“We are already working with partners who share our aspirations and we will continue to work with the local community to build a prosperous and sustainable future for our town.”

Mansfield District Council is already working on a bid for £25m from the Future High Streets Fund after securing up to £150,000 in July to create detailed masterplans for the town centre.

In addition, several projects to revitalise Mansfield are already under way as the £1.4m refurbishment of Old Town Hall nears completion, while a £2.4m project to improve the appearance of Walkden Street car park is due to start in the autumn.

The Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project, which benefited from nearly £850,000 of National Lottery Heritage Fund grants, to renovate properties in parts of Leeming Street, the Market Place and Stockwell Gate was launched in September.