Erewash MP Maggie Throup has been successful in her campaign to have Long Eaton included as one of a hundred ‘places’ that are to be invited to submit proposals to the Government for a Town Deal as part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund announced by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP, in July 2019.
The momentous news, which could be worth up to £25 million to the Town, was confirmed to Maggie in a letter from the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, the Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP.
Since becoming the Town’s Member of Parliament in 2015, Maggie has been a passionate advocate for the need for further investment in Long Eaton, especially with the arrival of HS2, lobbying Ministers vigorously to secure improvements in transport, digital infrastructure, skills and culture opportunities.
Following the announcement, Maggie said:
“This is a truly historic day for Long Eaton and is the beginning of a process which has the potential to transform our area for generations.
“Long Eaton is a fantastic town which boasts the UK centre of Upholstery Manufacturing and is ideally situated close to both Nottingham and East Midland Airport.
“I have worked hard to persuade Ministers that Long Eaton needs new investment so that, together with Erewash Borough Council and business leaders, we can develop an ambitious masterplan that will improve the lives of local residents and ensure that local businesses have the skilled workforce they need to continue to operate in the town.
“It is now imperative that we drive this forward as a community and so I will shortly be launching a consultation to ask the people of Long Eaton for their ideas of how this £25 million could be spent.”