£2.1 million to improve Blaby District

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The District of Blaby is set to benefit from more than two million pounds of Central Government funding to help improve the local area.

With more than £2.6 billion awarded across the country, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund’s aim is to build ‘pride in place’ and increase people’s life chances. The fund has three priorities, featuring “Community and Place,” “Supporting Local Business” and “People and Skills.”

Blaby District Council is pleased to say that it will be awarded £2,115,168 from the total pot of money and will be in full control of how the money is spent over the next three years, and work has been taking place with local partners, community groups and other stakeholders.

At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 19 July, Councillors approved plans for the Leader of the Council and Chief Executive to submit an Investment Plan by Monday 01 August.

An Investment Plan, setting out how the funding will be spent is well underway, and significant work has taken place to understand the challenges and opportunities that the funding may be able to contribute to. Nearly 30 projects across the district have been identified so far and are being assessed against the funding’s criteria.

The Council is committed to working with other local authorities where possible to increase opportunities for local people and share costs on projects to ensure the maximum number of initiatives can go ahead.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to take advantage of the Central Government funding to undertake projects in our local communities.

“Our focus will be on prosperity for the area. We’re exploring a huge range of projects, including improvements to town centres, promoting our valued businesses, supporting people to gain basic skills and helping young people into employment.

“We expect this to be an exciting three years and we will use the money we have been awarded to make Blaby District an even better place to live, work and visit.”

A drop in event will be held between 4pm and 7pm at the Council Offices on the 26 July, providing an opportunity to find out more about the funding and the emerging Investment Plan for Blaby and provide feedback. You can read more about it on our dedicated page.

Councillor Terry Richardson

Leader of the Council, Councillor Terry Richardson

21 July 2022