Blackpool South MP, Scott Benton, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that two Blackpool town centre projects are to benefit from an £8.6 million grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
I have been working hard in Westminster to obtain more funds for Blackpool to help with regeneration and bouncing back from the Covid-19 pandemic. This is additional funding on top of the £50 million, which Blackpool is due to receive, from the Government’s Towns Fund and Future High Streets Fund.
Houndshill Shopping Centre - £5 million
Of the total, £5 million will go to support projects at the town’s Houndshill shopping centre.
The new development will include a 9-screen Imax style cinema, 2 new restaurants and a relocated Wilko store.
The scheme objectives are to create new complementary leisure uses, secure the site for the tramway terminus, provide land value, amenity, transport, and wider benefits, and promote increased investor confidence in the area.
Abingdon Street indoor market - £3.6 million
This project will rejuvenate the visitor experience, growth, and sustainability of the town centre. Abingdon Street indoor market, which has declined significantly in recent years and is currently for sale by its private owner, will have a new and rejuvenated retail and service offer which will address the needs and demands of residents and visitors and provide a modern experience at the heart of the town centre.
Scott Benton MP stated:
This is a massive vote of confidence for Blackpool, it shows just how seriously this Government is taking their levelling up objective and is a sign of what is to come. The money will help revitalise Blackpool's economy and create new jobs as lockdown is lifted. I will continue to speak up for Blackpool to ensure we receive continued investment in our town.