The local MP for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart, has welcomed the announcement in the chancellor’s budget this week that Hastings and Rother local authorities will both receive a fund of £125,000 each to scope out possible infrastructure projects, as part of the Levelling Up fund.
On hearing the announcement Sally-Ann said, “I am thrilled that both Hastings and Rother are in category one of the Levelling Up Fund, meaning both local authorities will be receiving £125,000 to plan for local infrastructure improvements. This is great news for our area and proves that the hard work we have put in to ensure our area is included in the government’s Levelling Up agenda has worked.”
The Levelling Up fund will invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities. This includes a range of high value local investment priorities, including local transport schemes, urban regeneration projects and cultural assets.
The fund is jointly managed by HM Treasury (HMT), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department for Transport (DfT). This cross-departmental fund represents a new approach to local investment and will end siloes in Whitehall that make it difficult to take a holistic approach to the infrastructure needs of local areas.
“I look forward to working closely with the local authorities on the list of priority schemes they come forward with and to supporting one of these as part of the bids for the funding in the future. We should be pleased that we have been included in this fund as it has the potential to contribute to the turbocharging our local economy and driving forward growth and investment in our area,” said Sally-Ann.
Source: Press release from the office of Sally-Ann Hart MP
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