Scarborough and Whitby each get a share of £80m government regeneration handout

Scarborough and Whitby are among 101 towns in England picked to share an £80 million regeneration pot.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 12:33 pm
Updated Friday, 25th September 2020, 12:35 pm

Each town will receive between £500,000 and £1 million for projects aimed at giving their areas a boost.

These could include new green spaces, the creation of pop-up business spaces, pedestrianising streets to encourage walking or cycling, or new community hubs to support those living alone.

MP for Scarborough and Whitby Robert Goodwill said: "It's amazingly good news and demonstrates that the Government realises it has to do everything possible to stop the national economy stalling and the particular challenges that are faced by coastal areas like Scarborough and Whitby."

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He said there were some "exciting" projects lined up which could be funded by the cash, including a training hotel in Scarborough town centre run by Scarborough TEC, a viewing platform at Scarborough Castle, the pedestrianisation of Whitby's swing bridge and a new maritime training centre which would incorporate the existing fishing school.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “This £80 million funding for immediate investment is a real boost for our towns and will help them thrive with investment in transport, technology, skills and culture.

“It will give towns across the opportunity to drive economic growth and improve prospects for their communities, which will be vital as the country respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are fully behind our high streets and will support local areas to build back better.”

All 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal were given a funding allocation with proposals submitted in August, before being reviewed by officials and a final decision made by ministers.