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Carlisle set to receive £1million boost from government

Cllr John Mallinson

The Leader of Carlisle City Council has welcomed news that Carlisle is set to receive a £1million boost from the government.

The Prime Minister has announced a ‘New Deal’ which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy. As part of the capital investment, Carlisle is set receive £1million.

A letter, sent from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, sets out the grant allocation and how it could it be used. The funding can be used to fund capital projects that can be delivered before April 2021.

The government is encouraging projects that will support towns and cities in responding to immediate challenges, including:

  • Improvement to or new parks and green spaces and sustainable transport links.
  • Improvements to town centres including repurposing empty commercial properties.
  • Demolition or site remediation where this will have an immediate benefit.

To access the funding, Carlisle City Council has until 14 August to contact the government with their proposals for the funding.

Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson said: “We’re delighted that yet again the government has provided funding to Carlisle. We’ve had a lot of support for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, the Southern Link Road, the Future High Streets Fund and also the Towns Deal – this adds to this substantial investment. We will now assess how best to use the funding and will respond to the government before the deadline.”

Funding is being allocated according to population size from the 2011 Census, using the Office for National Statistics’ categorisation of small, medium and large towns.

To find out more about the government’s £5bn of capital investment projects go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/build-build-build-prime-minister-announces-new-deal-for-britain

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