Published: 27th Oct 2020

The government has announced the first seven areas in England which will benefit from its Town Deals fund. Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Norwich, Torquay and Warrington are the first of 101 places to be offered a Town Deal and work will now begin with these areas to confirm final funding. The deals include £39.5m to be used to update the Blackpool Illuminations and to support the development of the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone. Torquay will get £21.9m to modernise its town centre, while Peterborough will receive £22.9m investment for Peterborough to lay the groundwork for low carbon living. And Warrington will receive £22.1m for town centre improvements. Further Town Deals are due to be announced next month (November). The funding comes from the £3.6bn Towns Fund, which was first announced in July 2019. ‘We are unlocking the full potential of towns and communities, giving them the support that they need … (To read the full article, subscribe below)