Jill Mortimer MP hails £20m government boost in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Long Term Plan for Towns
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Mrs Mortimer said she is delighted to have secured the funding over the next 10 years as part of the Prime Minister’s Long Term Plan for Towns.
The funding – part of £1billion government fund – is aimed at local priorities in 55 towns, such as tackling crime, enhancing town centres and improving transport.
Mrs Mortimer said: “Residents, business leaders and the local council will be able to get involved and have their say as part of a New Town Board.
“This plan will empower local communities to make decisions on their priorities locally – whether it be tackling Anti-Social behaviour, improving transport, supporting our Town Centres, or improving housing provision, I know this money will be well spent.”
“We are looking forward to outlining how this vital funding can be best used in the coming days."
Eston, Jarrow, Washington, Blyth and Spenymoor are the other five towns in the North East that will also receive the funding.
The Government has said that the new approach will put local people in charge and give them “the tools to change their town’s long-term future”.