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New deal aims to drive growth in Staffordshire

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 1:41pm

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones drives a tractor simulator during his visit to the new AgriSTEM Academy at South Staffordshire College

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced £23.3 million for Staffordshire to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

The funding is expected to deliver a programme of transport schemes, and business and employment support projects, as well as supporting skills capital funding. Projects include:

  • A new link road between Hanley and Bentilee to ease congestion and improve public transport
  • The redevelopment of derelict land at Doxey Road, Stafford, to be used for new homes and commercial space
  • Conversion of an historic building on the former Spode site in Stoke to become a business incubator centre specialising in the acceleration and development of high-potential start-up companies in the information and digital technology sectors

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This Government is backing the Potteries with this new £23.3 million funding pot. Exciting projects to benefit include building new homes on derelict land in Stafford.

“This new funding will help create jobs, boost skills and give businesses support.”

Minister for Local Government Marcus Jones said: “It’s great to see so many projects being funded in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. This includes the AgriSTEM Academy I visited today, which will help create a new generation of engineering entrepreneurs.

“Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s £23.3 million cash boost will see more jobs, housing and growth in the area as we deliver an economy that works for everyone.”

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “The Growth Deal funding will enable us to continue to successfully deliver high profile projects in Staffordshire which will attract significant investment and boost job creation.

"Initial works have started on the Stafford Western access route. Now we can move forward with the main part of the project which will support the county town’s continued growth and improve its accessibility.”

Councillor Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent City Council deputy leader said: “This is great news for Stoke-on-Trent.

“The investment demonstrates government’s continued confidence in Stoke-on-Trent following the success of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone which launched last year and secured hundreds of jobs in its first six months.

“This new funding will support the development of the first phase of the Hanley to Bentilee link road which will deliver further infrastructure improvements and make a huge difference to Stoke-on-Trent.

"The funding will act as a catalyst for investment in the area, creating jobs and opening up land for housing growth. It’s an exciting time: Stoke-on-Trent is really on the up.”

 

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