MP backs Midlands Engine Strategy and Growth Deal funding

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Midland Engine Strategy and further round of Growth Deal funding.

The Midlands has a central role to play in the Government’s emerging Industrial Strategy and a successful Midlands Engine is a vital part of a successful UK economy.  The strategy sets out the actions being taken on key themes – connectivity, skills, enterprise and innovation, promoting the Midlands and quality of life.

As part of the delivery of the connectivity theme, Midlands Connect have also launched their transport strategy ‘Powering the Midlands Engine’ which outlines transport investment priorities across the region. You can find the Midlands Engine Strategy online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/midlands-engine-strategy

As part of the strategy, the Government has announced funding awards that each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in the Midlands will receive through the third round of Growth Deals. 

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP will be receiving £23.3 million of funding as part of this round of Growth Deals. This new tranche of funding is expected to deliver a programme of transport schemes, and business and employment support projects, as well as supporting skills capital funding.

In Stafford this includes reclaiming derelict land around the Doxey Road and Stafford Western Access Route to be used for the development of new homes and commercial space, and unlocking new sites for future development to create homes and jobs.

Previous funding has been used to for the development and preparatory work for the Stafford Western Access Route which will ease congestion in Stafford and facilitate further employment and housing growth. This has included environmental improvements benefitting the Doxey Marshes.

Commenting Jeremy said: “I welcome the launch of the Midlands Engine strategy which sets out a vision for an economy focused on productivity and driven by getting the most out of the Midlands’ workforce, research and transport.

“This additional Growth Deal funding will continue to build on the successful implementation of past deals to help create a thriving and vibrant local economy across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.