Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield and Eastwood, has met with Broxtowe Borough Council Leader ahead of the submission of Eastwood’s Levelling Up bid.
The Healthy Heart of Eastwood is the latest bid for the Levelling Up Fund the MP is supporting after successfully securing money for the Ashfield part of his constituency.
Broxtowe Borough Council has worked incredibly hard developing the outstanding bid. A Walker Street Wellbeing Hub is an essential element to this bid and would make a significant improvement to health outcomes in Eastwood. This project would transform an old school site into the Hub and would include a new GP surgery, pharmacy, 6 lane community swimming pool and new library facility. Existing GP facilities in Eastwood are currently overstretched and are functioning out of buildings that are inadequate, meaning a new GP surgery is a necessity for the town. Eastwood does not currently have a swimming pool and would totally transform the towns leisure and wellbeing. A 6 laned pool would be a fantastic coup for the town and could also be a great income provider due to its size. This will also benefit residents in areas such as Selston who do not have access to a pool of this size.
Huge transformation to Durban House is also planned. Durban House is an important historic building in Eastwood. It has links to D.H. Lawrence and was once the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre. This part of the bid will fund necessary structural changes to the building to enable the Durban House Community Hub, a registered charity, to facilitate a range of health and work-related services. A significant element of this will be a dementia day care facility. Other services will include a healthy eating café, community garden, employability support, mental health support groups, and health and fitness classes.
The £20 million scheme also includes a pharmacy, library, improvements to the town centre and a cycle/ walkway to major employment sites.
Lee Anderson said “ Eastwood has been a forgotten town for too long. This Levelling Up bid would ensure Eastwood would catch up at last. The health of the Eastwood residents is paramount, and my support for all of these projects will see a vast improvement of the health and wellbeing of the town. I will do all I can to support Broxtowe Borough Council in this bid.”
Pictured: Lee Anderson is pictured with Councillor, Milan Radulovic, the Leader of Broxtowe BC who is the lead sponsor.