Major County Schemes Given Green Light

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) has agreed its priority list of infrastructure projects to receive Government funding as part of the Getting Building Fund including £8.1 million of projects in Warwickshire.

The CWLEP Warwickshire Projects Review Panel considered 21 projects totalling £21.6 million which was whittled down to a final list of eight Warwickshire projects including four from Warwickshire County Council.

The projects across the sub-region which have been given the green light are:

· Supporting a large-scale green development at the Stratford-upon-Avon Riverside Green Corridor, an ambitious Warwickshire Cycle Links Project to invest in cycling infrastructure across Warwickshire, the Warwickshire Green Recovery Project to encourage the uptake of electric mobility, and innovation in future mobility through Very Light Rail

· Town and city centre modernisation through investment in housing, cultural assets, health and care provision, and repurposing of commercial, retail and leisure space in Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton, Royal Leamington Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon including Caldecott Square, Rugby, Catalyst - Nuneaton Town Centre, and Commonwealth Economic Legacy at Ricoh Arena, Coventry

· Improvements through investment in skills across construction, digital, creative and hospitality sectors including Completing the Cultural Capital for UK City of Culture 2021, Stratford-upon-Avon College Culture, Media & Construction Assets, Holly Walk Digital Creative Office Space in Leamington and North Warwickshire and Nuneaton Arts Challenge Fund

· Digital connectivity which will be improved through further investment in 5G testbed

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is really good news for all of Warwickshire. It will support schemes across the whole of the county that are absolutely linked in to the priorities of our council plan.

“There is funding to support our ambitions for infrastructure that will enable and promote cycling and active travel, as well as money to support schemes promoting the use of electric vehicles as we move towards our aim of a more sustainable future.

“Schemes aimed at regenerating town centres in line with our plans for economic recovery are given substantial backing and an allocation has been made to support colleges and places of learning in upskilling our workforce. Funding will also support the creation of vibrant centres for our growing gaming industry, putting in place plans that will give sustainable employment opportunities.

“We will be looking at how we can quickly make best use of this funding so that we can reap the benefits as soon as possible.”

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