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Second City asks for government funding as part of regeneration plans

todayJune 23, 2021

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Birmingham City Council has bid for circa £64 million from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund to support four major schemes in the city.

This money is part of the Government’s £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund (LUF) as part of the Spring Budget in March 2021. The fund will provide investment into infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport infrastructure, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

A decision on the funding allocations is expected to be announced this Autumn.

The selected schemes were consulted on extensively and identified as having a solid strategic case for investment opportunities. They include:

  • Erdington High Street – redeveloping the Central Square Shopping Centre and creating a new public square; transforming the former swimming baths into a community hub; upgrading the public realm, footpaths and lighting to make it safer and more accessible.
  • A457 Dudley Road Improvements – significant transport improvements to help reduce congestion, encourage active travel (walking and cycling), provide better facilities for public transport users and improve connectivity to new housing developments where more than 2,000 new houses are currently being built.
  • Moseley Road Baths and Balsall Heath Library – to allow for the next phase of restoring the Grade II listed Edwardian swimming pool and library.
  • Remediation of the former Birmingham Wheels Site (Bordesley Park) – remediation, treatment and clearance work to transform the space into an attractive area for future employment and training opportunities.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, said: “We have a bold strategy for an inclusive recovery that will address long-standing inequalities that have been made worse by the pandemic, and these schemes have the potential to create the jobs and opportunities that will drive that economic recovery.”

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: David Watkins

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