The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has told Gedling Borough Council to “get their act together” after the failure of its latest bid was announced in October.
The extra funds from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund would have been used to improve the leisure and cultural hub in Arnold, improve Netherfield’s connectivity, and kickstart Gedling’s high streets by repurposing vacant and underused shops.
A total of 305 Levelling Up Fund bids were received on or before the fund’s closing date, including Gedling Borough Council’s.
These were assessed in line with the three staged approach set out in the Levelling Up Fund Technical Note.
Asking a question to Boris Johnson on Wednesday during Prime Minister’s Question Time, Gedling’s MP, Tom Randall, said: “I put aside my political differences with Labour run Gedling Borough Council to champion its Levelling Up Fund bid which […] was sadly unsuccessful”.
He then asked the PM if he agreed that the borough council should “take stock and learn from this experience […] so that they will be able to make more successful bids”.
The Prime Minister replied: “We’re very happy to help Gedling and other Labour run councils to get their act together where necessary and put those bids in.”
He then wished Gedling well during the next bidding process to be held in Spring 2022.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Randall added: “I share the disappointed that Labour-run Gedling Borough Council have submitted three failed bids for more investment into our communities.
“The political leadership at the Council must learn from these mistakes and I am pleased the Prime Minister has confirmed that the Government will help them to do so.
“Despite their social media barbs, I look forward to working constructively with the senior leadership at Gedling Borough Council on improving their bids so that our communities can benefit from future funding opportunities.”
Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne, said: “Hard-working taxpayers in Gedling deserve better than political posturing in Prime Minister’s Questions.
“They deserve for the Conservative Government to deliver on their unequivocal General Election manifesto promise that they would ‘level up’ every part of the country.
“We’re still waiting here in Gedling Borough.
“The simple, inescapable truth of the matter is that our high streets and town centres in Gedling Borough haven’t received a single penny from the Conservative Government in its dishing out of the Towns Fund, Future High Streets Fund or Levelling Up Fund.
“Back in July our local MP and the Prime Minister gave fulsome praise for Gedling Borough’s Levelling Up Fund bid, today the Prime Minister says the council needs to ‘get its act together’. “Sadly, he’s all over the place on this issue.
“We just want less of the bluster and for our local MP and the Government to give Gedling Borough’s taxpayers and communities their fair share of funding, so we can continue to invest in and improve our local high streets and town centres