Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement today (3rd March) that Wolverhampton’s Towns Fund bid has been approved.
This means the city will receive £25 million of direct Government investment on a range of projects across the city, including Wednesfield and Bilston.
Jane said: “It’s great news that Wolverhampton's Towns Fund bid has been approved. £25 million will fund a wide range of projects in our city. This comes in addition to a £1 million Towns Fund boost last year, £15 million for the National Brownfield Institute and £16 million from the Future High Streets Fund.
“All of this money is direct Government investment into Wolverhampton, and apart from thanking my fellow Board members we owe a huge debt of thanks to West Midlands Mayor Andy Street for his tireless lobbying on this, and to Secretary of State Robert Jenrick for very regular meetings about Wolverhampton.
“Since my election in December 2019, I have been determined to make sure our two towns of Wednesfield and Bilston should also benefit from this fund. There was a lot of disagreement on this, but I'm delighted both towns are included in the bid.
“I have also pushed for local people to have more say in the plans for Wednesfield, and I want to thank the local traders and wider community, who have already been involved in the first pot of investment into the High Street. I know how much time they've already given up to work with Council officers on the plans, and I'm so grateful. I know they'll be looking forward to working on the bigger plans!
“I got involved in politics at a local then national level because I wanted to make my home city better. Wolverhampton is always my first priority, and I am absolutely delighted by the Government's announcement.”