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Bid for millions of pounds for town

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A bid for millions of pounds of Government funding is being made by a district council for two Moorlands towns. The Government is inviting councils across the nation to bid for their ‘Levelling Up Fund’ which is designed to “invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK.”

A bid for millions of pounds of Government funding is being made by a district council for two Moorlands towns.

The Government is inviting councils across the nation to bid for their Levelling Up Fund’ which is designed to “invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is making two bids – one for Cheadle and the other for Leek.

For Cheadle, the SMDC bid, if successful, will see the town’s current leisure centre demolished and a brand new leisure centre built on the same site.

Cheadle Town Council first heard of the funding bid at last week’s meeting of the town council on Monday, June 20, from SMDC cabinet member councillor Keith Flunder.

After the meeting, Cheadle Town Clerk, Dave Mullington told the Cheadle & Tean Times: “(Cllr Flunder) essentially said that SMDC were in the process of putting together a Levelling Up bid for Cheadle, and asked council for a letter of support to go in with this bid.

Unfortunately it missed the Agenda requirements so we are having an EOM (Extra Ordinary Meeting) to debate further on Monday (June 27).

It was put to council that the grant, if successful, would fund a rebuild of the leisure centre, in its current location.”

The agenda item for Cheadle Town Council’s Extraordinary Meeting on Monday (June 27) was to: “approve a ‘Community Focused’ letter to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as part of the proposed bid for funding under the Government Levelling Up Programme.”

After Monday’s meeting, Cheadle Town Mayor, councillor Sue Walley, told the Cheadle & Tean Times: “Tonight the town council voted, that based on the information we have received from SMDC, we would instruct the Town Clerk to write a letter in support of the Levelling Up Bid.

I thank councillor Flunder and councillor Roberts for attending the meeting. I am sure that this will be a terrific opportunity for Cheadle and I am really excited.”

For the neighbouring town of Leek, there are three sections to SMDC’s bid with improvements, if the bids are successful, set to be made at: The Trestle Market in Leek; Brough Park in Leek; and also the Nicholson Institute in Stockwell Street, Leek.

Leek Town Council have also agreed to write a letter of support for SMDC in their bid for the Levelling Up Fund.

The Levelling Up Funding bids for both of the Moorlands towns are set to be submitted by SMDC to the Government by July 6.

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