Millions for Hastings projects to create ‘exciting future’

Millions of pounds could be injected into Hastings for projects to help the town.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 11:06 am
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The Hastings Town Deal board has submitted its Town Investment Plan to the Government.

The plan, if approved, would see £28.2m of Town Deal money and a further £85m of match funding for the town over the next six years.

Carole Dixon and Graham Peters, co-chairs of the Town Deal board, said in a joint statement: “We are seeking investment through the plan for projects which offer an exciting future for the town.

“These come from the hundreds of thoughts, ideas and comments from residents, businesses and organisations in the town who are as passionate about the town as we, the board and the council are.

“There is a real mix of projects from exciting new skills provision, to housing, to Hastings Castle, to new facilities and biodiversity in the town centre and factory and flexible co-working spaces.

“Many of these projects are still at concept stage so there will be lots of opportunity for communities to help shape, influence and have their say on the detail over the coming year and beyond.”

If the Town Investment Plan is approved by the Government, the individual projects will need to develop detailed business cases over the next year for final approval before beginning construction.

Cllr Kim Forward, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “Hastings Borough Council is delighted to see the submission of the Town Investment Plan, it has been a huge undertaking by not only the Town Deal board but also the project team and project leads to get to this point.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the town to re-set its ambitions for regeneration and offers an exciting future with benefits for all those who live, work and visit.”

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