Lee Anderson Column: Extra investment could head Eastwood's way if latest bid is successful
Last Saturday I got a call from Local Government Minister Luke Hall MP to give me the great news that my sponsored Towns Fund bid for £62 million to redevelop Sutton and Kirkby had been accepted and approved.
I was then invited to meet the Secretary of State this week to chat about the finer details. I cannot express how proud this makes me and the hard work between myself, the Discover Ashfield Board and ADC has paid off as we will now see our area transformed for the better after decades of decline.
When I was elected in 2019 I made a promise to myself, my friends, family and constituents that I would fight for every penny for Ashfield and Eastwood and with the £6.2 million I secured through the Future High Streets Fund and the £1.5 million Accelerated Towns Fund the total amount secured now is over £70 million.
Ashfield has never received investment like this, and I will continue to keep making a nuisance of myself in Westminster by banging on Ministers doors, meeting the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.
They all know me now and some of them will even say ‘Ey up mi duck’ as we pass so you can be assured that Ashfield is being noticed and will continue to be noticed.
Good news for Eastwood as well as, on Friday, I signed off a submission for extra investment for the town in a deal that could be worth over £10 million for the area.
Eastwood has always been the forgotten part of the constituency and again I will do all I can to bring the investment in to ensure we get our fair share.
I have said it before, it’s personal to me as this area is where I am from.
I have never lived more than a few miles from where I was born and I never intend to, which is why great news like this feels even better to me.
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