A FUNDING bid to secure multi-million-pound investment for the delivery of four transformational projects in Cleator Moor has been submitted to the government.
Working with Copeland Borough Council, the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board secured an offer of £22.5 million from the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund initiative last summer for the schemes, which are set to ensure the town and its communities benefit now and thrive into the future.
Business case summaries in support of the projects have now been submitted to the Department for Levelling Up, Communities and Housing as the final step in the journey towards unlocking the promised funding.
Bob Metcalfe, Chair of the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board, said: “Today we mark a significant milestone in the Town Deal process; one that has been achieved through the hard work, expertise and energy of so many people who are committed to bringing about positive and long-lasting change for the Cleator Moor Community.
“We are incredibly excited about the potential of the four Town Deal projects and the many benefits they will bring to the people who live work and visit our town.
“A process of this nature is complicated and there have, of course, been challenges along the way. But I am confident we have put forward four very robust business cases – one for each of the projects – which give us the best possible chance of securing this funding.”
With significant match funding in place, the Town Deal is set to bring an even larger investment into Cleator Moor through the Town Deal’s four projects. The projects are:
Enterprising Town – the redevelopment of the existing Leconfield Industrial Estate to provide employment and training opportunities for residents in Cleator Moor as well as helping to diversify the local economy. The proposal will create new buildings on site including an Enterprise Campus Hub, the refurbishment of existing units and extensive landscaping.
Revitalised Town – to increase activity and footfall around the Town Square by bringing vacant and under-utilised buildings back into active use while creating an attractive new public realm. Uses will include a new cultural community hub and enhanced business space.
Healthy Town – To enhance existing sports and leisure provision to create a modern multi-purpose centre including an indoor sports hall, flexible studio space, gym and café, alongside wider health and well-being provision. This will improve population health and generate more reasons for people to visit and spend time in Cleator Moor.
Connected Town – this scheme will deliver a high-quality integrated and sustainable transport network which improves connections between employment, education, amenities and leisure and transforms the accessibility and attractiveness of Cleator Moor.
The business cases were approved by members of the Cleator Moor Town Deal board, made up of individuals, organisations, businesses and groups operating within or representing the town, earlier this month.
Copeland Borough Council’s Executive Committee has also given the bid its seal of approval.
It is hoped confirmation of the funding will be received from Government later this year.
Mike Starkie, the Mayor of Copeland, said: “Securing this money will be a game changer for Cleator Moor – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring about real and tangible change.
“I’m delighted we have reached this crucial stage and very much look forward to the government’s decision later this year.”
Notes to Editors
For immediate release.
On July 27, 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. See further details of the announcement: PM speech at Manchester Science and Industry Museum – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision. See the 101 places being supported to develop Town Deals: list-of-100-places.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding last year for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19. View a list of accelerated funding by place: towns-fund-accelerated-funding-grants.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)