£20 million levelling up funding for Mansfield

Mansfield has been announced as the third area to benefit from a major £400 million bespoke regeneration programme.

Mansfield will receive £20 million to improve the town centre and its connectivity, support residents in the most deprived areas access vital services and help divert young people from crime and anti-social behaviour, and ensure the town is best prepared to benefit from future investment.

The funding includes £7.4m to remodel the Bellamy and Oak Tree estates and improve housing quality and access to services  and £3.2m for a youth centre on the Bellamy estate to help divert young people from crime and anti-social behaviour.

£5m will go to Mansfield Connect as an exemplar low-carbon construction project and for hands-on skills training for retrofit and modern methods of construction in partnership with Vision West Nottinghamshire College and Nottingham Trent University.

There will be £250,000 for a school readiness pilot run by Nottingham Trent University in some of Mansfield’s most deprived neighbourhoods and £250,000 of capacity funding for Mansfield District Council to identity its unique economic and cultural opportunities in preparation for the establishment of the new devolution deal in the East Midlands.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove said: "Levelling Up Partnerships are a key tool to drive much-needed change in local areas, and we are working intensively with places which for too long had been overlooked and undervalued.

"Our £20 million funding for Mansfield will help remodel the Bellamy and Oak Tree housing estates, develop young people’s green construction skills in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, address anti-social behaviour, and support East Midlands’ devolution deal."

Andrew Abrahams, executive mayor of Mansfield District Council, said: "Mansfield is set to receive investment that will make a huge difference to communities and help to deliver some of our place-shaping aspirations for the district. Through Levelling Up we are investing in people and places to make a brighter future for the residents of Mansfield. These projects will bring life-changing opportunities that will make a real difference in some of our most deprived areas.

"We’re pleased to be able to finally announce the full funding package for Mansfield, coupled with the Town’s Fund and Long-Term deal for Towns, the district is set to benefit from substantial amounts of much-needed funding to help build thriving communities, grow a more vibrant economy and a place where people are supported to be happy and healthy."

 

Image: nick macneill / Railway bridge in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

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