Submit your email address below to receive email updates from Cumbria24.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has written to South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park asking them to bid for part of a £10 million fund for Cumbria The funds are part of a scheme from the Communities and Local Government Department. The government wants to create the conditions for sustainable growth across the North West region. As such, a competitive call for capital projects under Priority 3 of the North West Operational Programme was launched on this week. Tim wants to ensure that there is a site in the South Lakes.
A budget of £10 million from Priority 3 is available to invest in capital projects through this call for two strands of activity:
Strand One - Promoting clean and sustainable urban transport
Strand Two - Investment in key strategic sites
Campaigns led by the MP , £2.75million of Government funding have already been secured for Gilkes, which will unlock a further £70million of private funding; and an incredible £0.5billion of funding has been announced by GlaxoSmithKline to build its first new manufacturing facility in the UK in almost 40 years, a new biopharmaceutical plant in Ulverston.
He said: “I've written to South Lakeland District Council and the two National Parks asking them to bid for these funds. In my letter I promised them that I will do everything I possibly can to back their bids.
'Bidding for these funds is another important step forward in our campaign to make the South Lakes the economic hub of Cumbria.”