The public are being invited to have their say on how Gedling Borough Council will shape a £2.866m Levelling Up bid which aims to bring investment to the area.
Gedling MP Tom Randall this week announced that the government money had been secured for the area and invited residents to suggest how to spend it.
£2.6 billion of levelling up funding is being awarded to communities across the UK through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (‘UKSPF’).
£2,866,555 has been awarded to Gedling Borough and £4,255,273 to Nottinghamshire.
The money will be given to local authorities to spend.
Gedling MP Tom Randall said the cash will help residents ‘fulfil their potential’.
He said: “I am incredibly proud of Gedling borough, it is where I was born, went to school and live, and I know that our best days lie ahead. I am determined to work with the Government to ensure that everyone from across Gedling is able to reach their full potential.
“That is why I welcome the investment of £2,866,555 for Gedling Borough and £4,255,273 for Nottinghamshire, which can be used across a range of projects from supporting adults who lack basic numeracy skills, helping young people into good jobs, and regenerating our high streets.
“This investment will help Gedling Borough residents to fulfil their potential, while reducing regional inequalities that have been left untouched for too long.
“To secure this investment, Gedling Borough Council have been asked to submit a bid to Government detailing how they will spend the £2,866,555. I am really interested in what residents across Gedling would like to see this money spent on and I therefore encourage constituents to email me with their ideas. I will then share those with the Council”.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said he welcomed the additional funding – but reminded the MP that it wasn’t yet guaranteed.
“We always welcome funding that will help improve the lives of our residents but the devil is in the detail. This money has not yet been given to the council and there is an added layer of bureaucracy, as we need to provide an investment plan, which will take officer time and resource and doesn’t guarantee that we will get this much needed money.
“We previously applied for the £20 million Levelling Up fund and did not receive a penny so we hope we can fair better with this £2.6 million pot, that is allocated over a three year period but with no indication if funding will continue after that, something the EU funding was more transparent on.
“We will do everything we can to draw this funding from government to help support our most vulnerable residents, our communities and local businesses and we hope that the MP for Gedling and the government will support our application for the funding.”
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