Published: 7th Aug 2020

Blackpool Council has put forward an ambitious bid for a share of up to £50m from the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund. The local authority is one of 101 UK towns bidding for a Town Deal with an investment of up to £25m in each place, or up to £50m in exceptional circumstances. The Towns Fund is aimed at unleashing economic growth potential with a focus on regeneration, and was first announced in July 2019. The bid identifies several key projects, including the relocation of the courts from Blackpool Central to release the latter phase of the site, delivery of new road and access improvements at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone to open up development sites to attract new investment and high-quality jobs. In addition, it includes the provision of a Youth Hub to help the young unemployed, a town centre-based development to help for start-ups and small businesses, and a scheme … (To read the full article, subscribe below)