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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Growth deal heralds new era for South East economy

July 9, 2014 4:06 PM

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, which covers East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, this week agreed a historic Growth Deal with the Government which will see £442.2million invested across the South East. The deal will help to create up to 35,000 jobs and generate up to £100 million in private and public investment across the region.

Stephen Lloyd MP supported the campaign back in May which led to hundreds of residents and businesses writing in to lobby for Eastbourne and areas in the close vicinity receiving a portion of this money. This has been successful with part of the grant set aside to help fund the 'Hailsham / Polegate / Eastbourne Sustainable Transport Corridor Package' which will hopefully lead to funds being set aside to improve the A27.

Stephen said: "Once again the town has pulled together and hit above its weight. I'm delighted that we have been able to secure some of this funding, and particularly pleased that it is going into road infrastructure. Our section of the A27 has been terrible for years and it is good that the Highways Agency are now paying attention, largely thanks to the local pressure put on them by our A27 campaign and the solid push from the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to hearing detailed plans on how this money will be spent."

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added said: "The South East Growth Deal will create thousands of jobs, provide incredible new training opportunities for young people, build of new homes and improve transport links across the region for people and their families; building a stronger economy and a fairer society. We're placing the power and money in the hands of people in the South East who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to local communities."