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Government investment is ‘tremendous news’ for Cleveland College of Art & Design

GOOD TIMES: Cleveland College of Art & Design recently held their first graduation ceremony in Hartlepool

GOOD TIMES: Cleveland College of Art & Design recently held their first graduation ceremony in Hartlepool

TOWN leaders have welcomed a £190m funding boost to Tees Valley which will benefit Hartlepool – including a major investment to a town college.

TOWN leaders have welcomed a £190m funding boost to Tees Valley which will benefit Hartlepool – including a major investment to a town college.

The reaction comes after the Government announced £90m of investment as part of a series of nationwide Growth Deals which will eventually see £12 billion ploughed into local economies across the country.

Experts are predicting the big push will spark another £100m of private sector cash for the Tees Valley - meaning £190m investment, 1,000 jobs, 1,500 training places and 2,000 new homes.

The Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – of which Hartlepool Borough Council is a member – agreed the Growth Deal.

One of the first projects will see the creation of a brand new building at Cleveland College of Art & Design in Hartlepool – the only specialist provider of higher education for the creative industries in the North-East.

Funding has also been earmarked for a major road improvement scheme at the A689/Wynyard to ease congestion and reduce journey times.

Cleveland College of Art & Design is in Church Square – a key site in the Hartlepool Vision which aims to revitalise the centre of Hartlepool.

Principal and chief executive Martin Raby said: “This is an outstanding opportunity to enhance the College’s growing reputation as a 21st support of Hartlepool Borough Council and Tees Valley LEP in securing the funds for this project which aligns closely with plans for the development of the town, allowing us to expand our provision and bring more students in to Hartlepool.”

Council leader, Christopher Akers-Belcher, said: “This really is tremendous news. We’ve worked extremely hard through the Tees Valley LEP to attract £8.3m of funding to Hartlepool for a brand new College.

“Part of the Hartlepool Vision is to create an innovation and skills quarter in the Church Street and Church Square area, and Cleveland College of Art & Design is a major player in helping to turn our ambition into reality.”

It follows a deal which Hartlepool council helped to facilitate which is resulting in a 56-bed accommodation facility for college students on the former Crown House site.

Dave Stubbs, council chief executive, added: “The announcement is a massive boost to Hartlepool. This will enable Cleveland College of Art & Design to build on its already excellent reputation of producing highly trained graduates for creative industries.”

Further afield there will be a new access road for Durham Tees Valley Airport and a Tees Valley Business Growth Hub to support businesses in the Tees Valley.

 

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