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£5.1million for Mid Suffolk recovery

Posted by Communications on 8 November 2021 | Comments

An investment pledge of £5.1million has been made by Mid Suffolk District Council to help deliver a range of projects to boost the district’s recovery from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

At November’s meeting, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet allocated the seven-figure sum, announced in February, to priority areas around communities, environment, economy, customers, housing and wellbeing, following a series of cross-party task groups to discuss areas in need of support.

The fund allocations are split across 39 projects. Among the headline schemes are £75,000 of support for domestic abuse victims, including security measures like alarms and stronger locks; a £300,000 loan fund for community land trusts to obtain deposits for mortgages; £100,000 for a targeted apprenticeship scheme for those at risk of homelessness; £100,000 towards increasing aspirations for young people, including youth market stalls and youth social prescribing, and £100,000 to fund a business case for a skills and innovation centre at Gateway 14.

Further £100,000 grants will go towards supporting a sustainable travel plan, supporting town centre visions for Stowmarket, Needham Market and Eye, and Covid recovery grants for community groups, while £38,000 will go towards expanding the Active Schools programme to tackle obesity in schools, and £30,000 will fund the continuation of school holiday activity programmes.

Mid Suffolk District Council leader, Cllr Suzie Morley said: “These proposals will make a huge difference to our local communities. We will see far better outcomes for both businesses and people as a result.”