Two of Gedling borough’s town centres have missed out on a cash boost of up to £25m in the government’s latest round of handouts from the Town Deal fund.
Gedling Borough Council bosses had hoped that schemes to improve parts of Arnold and Carlton would benefit from the government handout.
Instead projects to revamp parts of Mansfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Stapleford and Newark were selected for the cash injection. Civic leaders will now submit proposals to determine how much of the available amount they receive.
The snub was described as a ‘slap in the face’ by deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr Michael Payne after the authority also missed out on funding from the Future High Streets Fund
He said: “This latest rejection to Gedling’s towns by Conservative ministers comes on the back of them denying Arnold a slice of the £1 billion Future High Streets Fund they announced in August for 100 towns across England.
“Gedling Borough Council submitted a strong bid to Government for a share of the Future High Streets Fund for Arnold town centre but Government ministers chose to pour millions into 100 other other areas and leave Gedling’s town centres in the cold, without a slice of the the funding.
“Gedling Borough Council has made it a key priority to revitalise local town centres and has already invested in the purchase and revamp of Arnold Market, revamp of Carlton Square and recruitment of a Town Centres and Markets Manager, in spite of swingeing cuts from central Government over the last ten years.”
Gedling MP Vernon Coaker and Gedling Borough Council’s leader Cllr John Clarke also expressed anger at missing out on cash from the scheme.
In a joint statement they said: “This double-whammy snub to communities and towns in Gedling by the Conservative Government shows Boris Johnson’s ministers have abandoned our borough.
“The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government has favoured his own town of Newark with an up to £25 million handout whilst ignoring and turning his back on towns in our borough.
“The dishing out of the Future High Streets Fund & new Towns Fund is nothing more than naked electioneering that shows this Conservative Government simply isn’t interested in investing in communities across Gedling. We’re calling on Conservative Government Ministers to immediately reconsider their unacceptable decision and show they care about our towns and communities by allocating us a fair share of the billions of pounds in these two funds.”
The Town Deal fund is made up of £3.6 billion of which around £2.5 billion has been made available for the 100 towns selected.