The Government has today announced a list of projects funded from Round 3 of the Levelling-up Fund and Tom Randall MP is naturally disappointed that Gedling Borough has not been allocated any of the funding.
The Government’s website states that successful projects funded from Round 3 were based on unfunded Round 2 bids. It is important to note that Gedling Borough Council’s Levelling-up Fund second-round bid was better than its first-round bid. But the Labour Councillors who submitted the second-round bid used out-of-date data and didn’t include a full costing plan that meant it was not even shortlisted. This explains why Gedling hasn’t been awarded funding in Round 3 today.
Reacting to today's allocation of Levelling-up Fund Round 3, Tom said: "The Levelling Up Fund is just one part of the Government’s Levelling Up strategy and despite the failed Levelling-up Fund bids submitted by Labour Councillors at Gedling Borough Council, I’m working with Government Ministers to secure other investment into Gedling, including:
- More than £5million of extra funding for more pothole repairs;
- £2.8 million which is being spent on new sports facilities on the Lambley Lane recreation ground and accessible facilities on Arnold’s King George V playing fields;
- £750,000 on installing new CCTV and street lighting to improve safety in Colwick and Netherfield;
- Funding towards the new Arnold Market Place;
- Funding towards the improvements to Carlton Square; and
- £100,000+ for our swimming pools;
"I hope that the Council will take stock from these funding rounds, learn from the experience and use that to submit better bids in the future. In the meantime, I will continue calling for more funding into my hometown of Gedling."