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Friday, 25 July 2014

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2,000 jobs hope as Government backs Growth Deal

A £27 million cash injection that should create nearly 2,000 jobs in Cumbria has been announced.

 George Beveridge photo
George Beveridge

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today struck an agreement with the Government that will allow eight major money and jobs-spinning schemes to go ahead.

The Growth Deal, backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, is also expected to see a further 3,000 homes built in the county and be a trigger to seeing a wider combined £50m of public and private investment in the next few years.

Among the landmark projects getting cash support is the creation of a new business and transport hub on part of the Ministry of Defence’s Longtown depot.

That scheme, estimated to create just over 370 jobs, is getting a £3m Public Works Loan to carry out transformation work needed there and help exploit its rail links with the Port of Workington.

In Carlisle, £2m is to be spent creating a new access road from Eastern Way to the Durranhill Industrial Estate to open up further investment opportunities there that could create about 100 jobs.

Work on a £26.5m Nuclear Technology Innovation Gateway - creating a centre of excellence for the industry in west Cumbria - has received a £1.5m injection.

A further £2m is to be spent improving the A591 road between Kendal and Keswick to upgrade transport links and help boost the county’s tourism industry.

Other projects benefiting include a major industrial development at Barrow Waterfront, where a high-tech industrial park - with submarine builder BAE systems a key player - will be created. That project receives £5.5m.

Announcing the cash package, Mr Cameron said: “This historic deal means real change with exciting plans for Cumbria.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added: “We’re placing the power and money in the hands of people in Cumbria who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to communities.”

Cumbria LEP chairman George Beveridge described the Government backing as a “great result” for the county.

He said: “There is £12bn worth of major scheme investment already in the pipeline for Cumbria and this new money will help deliver the infrastructure, skills base and support needed to support that investment.

“The Cumbrian economy is at a watershed moment and it’s important that we now know that we have Government backing for our priority schemes.”

The county had put forward a four-pronged attack to secure funding, focussing on: advanced manufacturing; nuclear and energy excellence; vibrant rural and visitor economy and strategic connectivity of the M6 corridor.

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What a load of "Moaning Minnies"
No wonder no one is keen to come and invest in Cumbria when most of the people seem to have such a negative and cynical attitude.
We live in a fantastic place, good quality of life, generally friendly and genuine people and all of the projects mentioned will be of benefit. If individuals think the south is much better looked after and supported, then they could always move down there and give us all a break!

Posted by Eddie on 10 July 2014 at 12:40

Great to recieve the money but an example of the spending on the north and south, one example recently,the average spent in london on the roads per head of population-£2500,the price per head for the entire north east of the UK £5.01,cumbria gets even less do you think we are getting a good deal,they are pulling the wool over our eyes we are being robbed because we know no better up north.

Posted by James O on 8 July 2014 at 22:54

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