In July 2022, Fylde Council submitted a strong and ambitious £13.14 million bid to Round 2 of the Government’s highly competitive Levelling Up Fund with the aim of helping to kick-start the regeneration of St Anne’s Town Centre and Promenade Gardens.
Unfortunately, the Government’s recent announcement of the successful LUF bids did not include the Fylde submission, with only 3 districts in Lancashire winning funds.
Although this is disappointing news, it is expected that Councillors at the next Council meeting in February will authorise a budget for the Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) which, alongside funds already agreed on the Council’s capital programme, will ensure public realm improvement works do still go ahead on the Pier Link along St Annes Road West, linking St Annes town centre to the seafront.
In addition to physical capital improvements, UKSPF will also be utilised to deliver an exciting and impressive events programme in St Annes town centre, encompassing arts, heritage and culture to encourage visitors into our town centre and further boosting our visitor economy.
Plans are also in the pipeline to engage with major investors, developers and other interested parties who want to work with the Council and start having positive conversations regarding new leisure and family orientated opportunities for the Island as outlined within the St Annes Masterplan.
Councillor Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “It was always a tall order to get our bid over the line because we were not in the top priority tier. While it would be easy to be disappointed with the outcome of the LUF Bid, our commitment to bringing more prosperity to Fylde remains as does the Masterplan for St Annes, including the Square, Promenade and Island sites.
“Thank you, again, to the many local residents and businesses, including business groups, who contributed to this vision. We will continue to investigate funding opportunities that will enable the ambitious plans for regenerating St Annes to be realised, including submitting a funding bid into Round 3 of LUF which the Government have committed to deliver.
“Congratulations to neighbouring Blackpool for the successful ‘Multiversity’ bid and to Lancaster whose exciting plans for ‘Eden of the North’ in Morecambe have been given the green light.”
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus
To read more about Fylde’s application for the UKSPF, including Investment Plan, visit the Fylde Council website: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-ukspf/
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