Scott Benton MP is asking individuals, voluntary groups, and local business for ideas on which regeneration projects they would like to see delivered to help Blackpool South recover from the pandemic.
The government has set out plans to further the levelling up agenda by launching a new £4 billion Levelling Up Fund that will invest in local infrastructure which has a visible impact on people and their communities and will support economic recovery.
FURTHER OPPORTUNTIES FOR BLACKPOOL
So far, Blackpool has benefited from £39.5 million in government regeneration funding through its Town Deal. And there are opportunities for £20 million more in funding for different regeneration projects for Blackpool.
Now Blackpool South MP Scott Benton wants to hear from local people on what they would like to see for Blackpool South. In particular, Scott is looking for ideas for projects beyond the town centre in areas such as Bond Street/Waterloo Road, Highfield Road and Whitegate Drive.
The Levelling Up Fund is to be used on projects which can regenerate areas; improve transport links; or improve cultural/arts provision. The ideas which are put forward as part of the scheme need to help improve local economic growth, create jobs, or improve the environment.
Scott will be working on proposals to include developing Blackpool Airport as part of the Fund. Other projects in areas of Blackpool South could include improvements to shop fronts, converting long-term empty shops to other uses, or to suggest projects to improve the street scene such as pavements, lighting and green spaces in a particular area. Other ideas may be related to boosting tourism and culture/arts or improving transport links.
Scott Benton said:
The government are looking for imaginative projects from their Levelling up Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
So, I am encouraging individuals, voluntary groups, and businesses to suggest great projects that would help improve Blackpool South and its’ future prospects, not just seasonally, but throughout the year.
I would like to encourage any residents, businesses or voluntary groups with ideas on schemes that we could put forward to contact me.