Prime Minister David Cameron has given his backing to the Hucknall town centre improvement scheme after the Department for Transport contributed £8.5m.
Speaking exclusively to the Dispatch, David Cameron said: “I have been talking to Mark Spencer about how these new plans will be a game-changer for Hucknall and I am delighted the Government has provided the majority of the money needed thanks to difficult spending decisions we have taken elsewhere.
Hucknall has fantastic potential and these positive changes will provide a massive boost to the town’s high streetPrime Minister, David Cameron
“Hucknall has fantastic potential and these positive changes will provide a massive boost to the town’s high street. Better and easier transport links to the town centre will help local business and commerce with the new pedestrianised zone creating a safer space for shoppers.
“I know Mark will work with the local authorities involved to ensure the project goes to plan over the next couple of years.”
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Mark Spencer MP said: “The backing of the Prime Minister for this new funding is the icing on the cake. The money could inject new life into Hucknall High Street if it is invested properly. It shows what can be achieved when we work together as a community and I will keep a close eye to make sure it is put to good use.”
Ben Marshall, co-owner of H2o Bar on Hucknall High Street, added: “It is fantastic the Prime Minister has given his approval to this scheme. We have had some real challenges in Hucknall in recent years such as the flooding. I welcome this investment and any funds which can help growth in our town.”
The scheme was given the green light last month after the Government confirmed its contribution to the £12m project, which is also being funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and Ashfield District Council. Work is due to start this summer and expected to finish in January 2017.
The scheme aims to reduce congestion, create a shopping centre which attracts new retailers and promotes the regeneration of Hucknall. It will also incorporate flood relief measures designed to improve some of the problems that have been experienced in the town in recent years.