Bid for £10million to help transform Eastwood town centre

A windfall of more than £10million could be destined for Eastwood if the latest Towns Fund bid is successful.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 1:21 pm
Eastwood could see an investment of more than £10million.

Having already been triumphant in lobbying for tens of millions in extra funding for Ashfield, MP Lee Anderson is determined that Eastwood should not miss out and has submitted an application for more than £10million to be invested in the town.

The Towns Fund is a Government initiative aiming to kickstart urban regeneration and boost infrastructure, tourism and jobs, with £3.6billion up for grabs for towns across the UK.

The Conservative MP for Eastwood is eager to ensure his constituents get their share.

He said: “For too long, Eastwood has been neglected.

“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.

“Eastwood has always been the forgotten part of the constituency and 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.”

Frequent meetings are being held with Broxtowe Borough Council to discuss exciting plans for the future.

Mr Anderson added: “This funding is needed now more than ever as Eastwood town centre prepares to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

“And we need to see much more money coming to the towns and the Midlands, not just the cities and the South.”

News of the potential £10million funding has set residents a buzz with ideas about how they would like to see the money spent.

Resident Glyn Hassall told the Advertiser: “They need to work on the Eastwood ‘brand’ and focus on drawing more people in for festivals like the DH Lawrence Music Festival. Show the town at its best.”

Samantha Orton commented: “Shops to cater for everyone, not just charity shops or takeaways.”

Neil Saxton suggested: “Complete resurfacing of all our roads and a wider range of shops.”