Eastwood and Ashfield’s MP is joining forces with the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council to bid for more funding and investment for Eastwood.
Following a meeting between the MP and council leader, representations have now been made to the Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP, to secure new funding for the town.
In the meeting which took place virtually, Coun Lee Anderson made a strong case for Eastwood to be included in the next round of government funding for local towns regeneration.
Coun Anderson said: "After talking with Milan, we are at one in trying to secure more long term investment for health, transport and leisure provision in Eastwood.
"Eastwood is an area that has pockets of real deprivation and I'm firmly committed to help getting a better deal for the town".
The Minister of State Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP confirmed the government will allow Eastwood maximum opportunity to bid for new investment.
Coun Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said: "I'm really pleased to be working together on Lee with this. It's vitally important to make sure Eastwood is no longer the forgotten town in the north of Broxtowe and south of Ashfield.”
Coun Anderson added: “There was general concern that Eastwood has traditionally been a neglected and “left behind” area.
"After talking with the Minister, he has confirmed that Eastwood will indeed be able to bid for future funding support to help regenerate the area. I want to see particular support for Eastwood and their local businesses to help them flourish.
New funding from the government would help existing Eastwood small businesses be more creative, give them more capacity to expand in the area and will help growth and economic activity on a wider scale.
“On local transport for example, I will look carefully at a range of measures including the case for the tram extension towards Eastwood and support moves for more local connecting bus services.
“I am determined that however long I am the local MP, Eastwood will no longer be the poor relation of either Ashfield or Broxtowe.”