Cities cash in as billions of dollars earmarked for UK ‘leveling out’ | UK News



The government’s upgrade program will result in billions of pounds being invested in projects across the UK.

Ministers will use four new funds to fund large-scale renovations in seaside towns such as Hastings and Hartlepool, while creating thousands of new jobs.

The £ 4.8 billion Leveling Up fund will invest in infrastructure such as the redevelopment of the city center, upgrading of local transport, cultural establishments and heritage sites.

The government is providing £ 220million through the UK Community Renewal Fund, which aims to support disadvantaged communities across the UK by investing in skills, local businesses and supporting employment.

A share of the £ 3.6 billion Towns Fund will be distributed among 101 cities to support their local economies by providing new business and leisure facilities.

And 72 High Streets will share more than £ 830million from the Future High Streets Fund to help them reopen and recover from the pandemic.

And while leveling primarily means new recreation centers, business parks, and digital media hubs, funding is also used for projects that are apparently not as convenient.

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

There is usually nothing that politicians hate more than having their noble acts of public service turned into a circus.

However, Great Yarmouth has secured £ 20.1million from the Towns Fund to boost its local economy, and £ 450,000 will be used to transform its historic Ice House into a national circus arts center.

The cavernous building was the key to the success of the coastal town of Norfolk as a 19th century fishing port, as it was able to store huge blocks of ice for months. Today, the SeaChange Arts charity plans to reallocate the building by installing state-of-the-art training and manufacturing devices.

In documents submitted to the Great Yarmouth council, SeaChange described the Grade II listed building as ‘not celebrated’ and said the ‘big dark brick box’ was perfect for the circus. A bar is also being installed on the site.

Preston, Lancashire

The claymation comedy duo Wallace and Gromit will get their own statue in Preston, the home of their creator and Aardman host Nick Park.

The bench statue will be funded by part of the government’s Towns Fund, after Preston Council was awarded £ 20.9million for town center improvement work.

Designed by Park himself, with Preston sculptor Peter Hodgkinson – who also made statues of late city footballer Sir Tom Finney and artist LS Lowry – it will be installed outside Preston Markets.

The budget for the Wallace and Gromit sculpture is £ 150,000. This is one of six ‘quick win’ projects that have attracted a first £ 1million in fast-track funding from the Towns Fund, to support Preston’s goal of getting people to visit the center again. -City after the pandemic.

Darlington, Durham

Darlington Borough Council is preparing a £ 20,000 paint job that would turn town hall signage, crest and even local trash cans into blue. Funding for the rebranding comes from £ 23million from the Towns Fund.

The council has been conservative since 2019 and the move has been called “pure political opportunism” by a Labor adviser.

But deputy council chief Jonathan Dulston said the new logo is “not blue – it’s actually teal … it’s a color that has been used extensively by the council for several years now.”

Dulston argued that the board’s color choice had “absolutely nothing” to do with the Tory brand. “It would be inappropriate, and we know it,” he said.

Sefton, Merseyside

Sefton’s council offer includes plans for the north’s first “flying theater”. The Bootle attraction will use a robotic hydraulic platform to create the sensation of flight, allowing visitors to take an exhilarating aerial tour showcasing the history and culture of Bootle and Britain as a whole.

The interactive history lessons don’t end there, as the council will spend part of the £ 14.5million it hopes to receive from the Upgrade Fund. on building a “VR time travel tunnel”.

Visitors will take a virtual reality journey through ‘Bootle and Liverpool’s story’, which offers an immersive experience of the Blitz.


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