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Barrow is among final 101 towns

Written by on July 24, 2020


FROM OUR REPORTER JASON RUSHWORTH

In September 2019 it was confirmed that Barrow-in-Furness was among the 101 towns that would be invited to put forward a ‘Town Deal’ proposal valued at up to £25m of economic growth.

Its hopped by the council, that the town investment plan will see Barrow increase the vibrancy of its town centre and see a new university campus take shape.

Submission of the full set of plans will take place on the 31st July and a grant proposal to central government 2 weeks later.

The plan being put forward at the end of this month will see, a new learning quarter,  community wellbeing hubs, local cycling and walking Infrastructure, housing renewal, a culture and tourism programme, and a new marina village centre.

Within the Government response to COVID-19, Barrow was provisionally allocated an additional £750,000 of funding to be spent in 2020/21.

The July submission places Barrow in the first wave of submissions and it is hoped that funding can be realised as early as possible.

Barrow Borough Council said the Towns Fund “has the potential to secure a bright future for Barrow. We will build on our economic strengths, and its rich industrial heritage, its natural beauty and its sense of community. We want to develop a town that is economically dynamic and diverse, sitting at the forefront of innovation and green growth, Barrow will be viewed as a great place to live, study, work and visit and will become home to a healthy population that can deliver a prosperous, inclusive and fair future.”

Recently in the house of commons the Prime minister hinted that there were many great projects being considered right now for the Cumbrian coast.


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