Government awards £12m ‘levelling up’ cash to Edmonton

The grant to support Angel Edmonton town centre is the first time Enfield borough has received any money from the Conservative government’s flagship Levelling Up Fund, reports James Cracknell

Angel Edmonton town centre will be boosted thanks to the government cash
Angel Edmonton town centre will be boosted thanks to the government cash

The government has awarded nearly £12m to support town centre improvements in Angel Edmonton as part of the latest round of ‘levelling up’ funding – the first time Enfield Council has been successful in bidding.

Recipients of a share of £1billion in government cash – as part of the third round of money dished out by the government’s Levelling Up Fund – were announced yesterday (Monday 20th) by Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove.

Despite failing in its initial bid for Angel Edmonton as part of round two, Enfield Council was this week awarded £11.9million to “provide better places for businesses, community facilities, and enhance the cultural offering”.

Local authorities were asked to submit bids for cash at the start of the year, with Enfield now being revealed as one of only two London boroughs receiving funding from this third round. A total of 55 “transformational projects” were successful in total.

London was awarded £30m from the £1bn funding pot this time around, while Yorkshire and the Humber got £169m and the Midlands got £171m.

Enfield Council says the £11.9m for Angel Edmonton will be used to “build on the hard work” already being done to improve the area thanks to funding from City Hall – with projects such as Angel Yard, where 35 new business units have been created for local young entrepreneurs.

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Leader Nesil Caliskan said: “We are investing in Upper Edmonton to increase opportunities for our residents, particularly for younger people and to create an area that people are proud to be a part of.

“This funding award will build on the hard work of this council to transform one of the more deprived areas in the country and bring about real change.

“While we were disappointed that this funding did not come earlier in January’s funding round, we will waste no time in getting our plans into action. This will include job creation, skills and training, creating a better environment for leisure and wellbeing and investing in the local economy.”

The final scope of the works to be paid for by the levelling up money will be “reviewed and developed in the coming weeks” and delivery is expected by March 2026.

Gove said: “Levelling up means delivering local people’s priorities and bringing transformational change in communities that have, for too long, been overlooked and undervalued.

“Today we are backing 55 projects across the UK with £1bn to create new jobs and opportunities, power economic growth, and revitalise local areas.

“This funding sits alongside our wider initiatives to spread growth, through devolving more money and power out of Westminster to towns and cities, putting in place bespoke interventions to places that need it most, and our long-term plan for towns.”

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