TWO PROJECTS to help improve Malvern Hills district have been awarded £2.35million.
The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership was awarded £12million in total for 12 schemes in the county through the Government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’.
Future growth plans for the Malvern Hills Science Park, creating a new technology park, will be backed with £1.85 million.
And the Tenbury flood defence scheme, which will protect 80 homes and 80 businesses, will get an extra £500,000 boost.
It comes after the £4.9million awarded by Environment Secretary George Eustice last month.
West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin said: “Over recent weeks, I have been lobbying hard to make sure that these two important ‘spade-ready’ projects get the backing they need to get them underway.
“This is a huge boost for the recovery plans for our local economy as we work our way back from the impact of Coronavirus.”
She added the two projects would create jobs both in the short term and long term and she was particularly impressed with the opportunities for young people.
“I plan to work closely with the LEP, which successfully led this process, to create a framework for creating new apprenticeships and using local contractors, and these two awards become a springboard to future economic growth.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said he was very excited about the £12million for projects which would stimulate growth and get the local economy back on track.
“Worcestershire is a key economy within the Midlands and this support from Government further emphasises that.
“We are looking forward to working with our partners across the county on these projects as we continue Worcestershire’s development towards our vision of a connected, creative, dynamic economy for all.”
Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “This Government is determined to level up all parts of the country and this funding will not only give a much needed boost to our economic recovery, it will help build the good quality, affordable homes the country needs.”
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