PROJECTS have been agreed to help rebuild Coventry and Warwickshire following the pandemic.
Government’s Getting Building Fund looks set to see more than £8million given to local projects which are ready to be built immediately and drive economic growth following the pandemic.
The projects have been chosen by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and must now be confirmed by government.
If given the go ahead Stratford will be supported in a large-scale green development, while investment will be made into cycling infrastructure across the county.
Improvements will be made to St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry while the repurposing of commercial, retail and leisure space in Coventry, Rugby, Leamington and Stratford will also be a priority, along with modernisation of city centres.
Investment will also be made into 5G.
Nick Abell, interim chair at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said the funding from the Getting Building Fund was not guaranteed but a wide selection of schemes had been identified which met the criteria.
He said: “The projects in Coventry and Warwickshire need to be underway within 18 months as part of government’s plan to rebuild the economy post-Covid-19.
“As well as creating and safeguarding 5,500 jobs, and improving skills and infrastructure, these schemes will lead the economic recovery planning in our region.
“There was a wide selection of innovative projects put forward of all sizes in Coventry and Warwickshire and we now wait to find out which have been successful.
“It is also important we maintain a pipeline of projects so that we are ready to put them forward for consideration should further funding become available later in the year.”