MP secures huge cash boost for Ashfield with hopes of more to come
Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield and Eastwood, was ecstatic to hear that Ashfield is to receive £6.2 million as part of the Future High Street Fund – money he has been lobbying Government for since his selection to run as MP for Ashfield back in 2019.
Now the money has been secured, it will be provided to Ashfield District Council with an aim to improving Sutton Town Centre.
Mr Anderson has lobbied the government relentlessly to bring extra funding to the constituency. Upon his selection he immediately arranged a meeting with Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to fight Ashfields case. Frequent meetings have been held since to guarantee the fund.
Mr Anderson sees this as fantastic news for Ashfield and is already seeking further Government funds. This includes £61m as part of the Towns Fund for both Sutton and Kirkby town centres and bidding for up to £25 million to fund the regeneration of Eastwood. Frequent meetings are being held with council leader Milan Radulovic MBE, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council to discuss the exciting plans being prepared.
Money is also being sought for the Maid Marion train line. If secured, this would mean passenger trains stopping in Selston for the first time since the 1960s.
Lee Anderson, Conservative MP for Ashfield, added:
"For too long, Ashfield has been neglected. We need investment in the area and this is a great start. The Government is keen to implement its levelling up agenda and is putting its money where its mouth is. We need to see money coming to the towns and the Midlands, not just the cities and the South.
My first year in Parliament was taken up largely with Covid and Brexit, I want my second year to be dominated by working hard with Government to try and get as much cash as possible to be spent in Ashfield and Eastwood”.