More than £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

The new Town Deals are designed to boost local economies, create new jobs and homes, and improve local skills.

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The funding will also create greener transport infrastructure and help renovate tourist attractions such as Hastings Castle (pictured).

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick said: ‘Today I am announcing new town deals in 26 areas, backed by over £610m investment from the Towns Fund.

’This will support locally-led projects to transform disused buildings and public spaces, deliver new green transport and create new opportunities for people to develop new skills. This is a boost for communities and businesses across England.’

Communities department MHCLG said Hereford plans to use £22.4m to introduce a fleet of electric buses and regenerate the museum, library and art gallery into a 'unique modern visitor attraction'.

Doncaster will use £24.8m to upgrade Doncaster Station Gateway and its surroundings by creating 'greener' transport options such as cycle lanes and walking routes, as well as providing 'high-quality and attractive commercial space'.

Today's announcement means 79 Town Deals have been agreed, with around £2bn funding.

This article first appeared on localgov.co.uk.

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