THE EXPANSION of the Vale Business Park has been been boosted with a £600,000 from a Government cash giveaway to aid the county’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Major building and infrastructure projects in Worcestershire have been handed a boost after the county scooped a total of £12million for 12 projects in the local area.
Evesham MP Nigel Huddleston backed the announcement and said the cash was ‘welcome news’ to businesses in the area.
“This project will open up opportunities for small businesses who need room to grow,” he said.
“As we begin to recover from the impact of Coronavirus, investment into businesses has never been so important. I am delighted that my constituency will directly benefit from this government money – helping to build the infrastructure our community needs while supporting jobs over the months and years ahead.”
Almost £5m of the cash will be spent in Worcester alone on projects such as investment into cutting edge broadband for businesses in the heart of the city centre.
A total of £850,000 will be put towards the Worcester Shrub Hill Quarter and Masterplan while £1m will be earmarked towards to the cost of the proposed Kepax Bridge across the River Severn.
The programme will also support future skills in the county through redevelopment of the Severn Campus at the University of Worcester to create the infrastructure for extra nursing and health students in a new health, wellbeing and inclusive sport venue for the city.
A new technology park on Malvern Hills Science Park will be backed with £1.85m of the £12m allocated for the county while the Tenbury flood defence scheme, which will protect 80 homes and 80 businesses, will get an extra £500,000 on top of the £4.9m confirmed by Environment Secretary George Eustice last month.
The complete project list will follow the Government’s aim to support the country’s economic recovery by creating new jobs, reducing carbon emissions, building new houses and infrastructure projects and supporting the development of future talent.
Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Worcestershire is a key economy within the Midlands and this support from Government further emphasises that.
“We are looking forward to working with our partners across the county on these projects as we continue Worcestershire’s development towards our vision of a connected, creative, dynamic economy for all.”
The 12 projects in Worcestershire are among more than 300 successful schemes in England to receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “As we get Britain building we are also laying the foundations for a green economic recovery by investing in vital infrastructure for local communities, creating jobs and building environmentally-friendly homes with a huge £1.3 billion investment announced.