Erdington to submit ‘transformative’ bid to Levelling Up Fund
Jack Dromey MP and Birmingham City Council have announced plans to submit an “ambitious” bid to the Levelling Up Fund that would provide an “economic boost” to Erdington High Street.
The Levelling Up Fund, which can provide up to £20m of investment per project, is designed to support deprived communities and Erdington is seen as a prime candidate as it is one of the most deprived constituencies in the UK.
Discussions have already taken place between the City Council and Mr Dromey, and an agreement has been reached that will see them work collaboratively on the bid that Mr Dromey hopes will “unlock the massive potential” of the local High Street, putting the heart back into Erdington’s Town Centre.
The bid is the latest attempt by Birmingham City Council to secure much needed investment in Erdington, after the Future High Streets Fund was rejected despite civil servants admitting they made errors when calculating Erdington’s bid.
Despite this setback, Birmingham City Council and Jack Dromey are determined to find an alternative source of funding to ensure Erdington gets the investment it deserves.
Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington, said:
“I am delighted to be working closely with Birmingham City Council on an ambitious Erdington bid to the Levelling Up Fund. Erdington High Street has been in decline for many years, with shops closing and footfall steadily decreasing, and it is badly in need of investment.
“The unfair rejection of Erdington’s Future High Streets Fund bid was deeply disappointing. However, I, along with Birmingham City Council, am determined to ensure that our community gets the funding and support we need to unlock the massive potential we have locally.
“This investment will have a transformative effect on our High Street, providing the economic boost that is so badly needed.”
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“I look forward to working with Jack Dromey MP and our partners in Erdington to place a strong bid for funding that will make a real difference.
“Erdington has a strong case, and the Levelling Up Funding has the potential to make a lasting impact on Erdington, helping to strengthen opportunities and services for residents.
“With the Commonwealth Games coming to our city next year, this is an exciting time to be a citizen of Birmingham. I will be working hard with my colleagues to ensure that our great city continues to receive the funding and investment that it deserves.”