Billingham is set to receive £20 million in Levelling Up money as part of the third round of the Fund – an announcement welcomed by Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham as a testament to the bold vision of the Labour-led Stockton Council for Billingham town centre.
The Council’s ambitious proposals for the town is to take back control of the centre from the private owners and remodel it to better serve local people. It will be the fourth major project for the town centre following the Council’s previous investments such as £18 million restoration of Billingham Forum, the new Library and Customer Centre and the Aldi supermarket development.
“I’m delighted that the Tory Government has finally seen sense and is now providing Billingham the funding it deserves to revitalise its town centre and support the local community.
“This decision is a testament to the bold vision and hard work of the Labour-led Stockton Borough Council and the Billingham Labour councillors who have been banging the drum for their communities for many years – all while the Stockton on Tees Tories do nothing but talk our borough down.
“Although it was disappointing that Billingham’s bid was rejected twice by the Tory Government whilst more affluent areas were awarded funding, I’m really pleased Ministers have now realised the quality of the Council’s bid and are finally coughing up the cash.”