I’m very pleased that we have secured the full £25 million. Together the 11 projects that will be funded provide a significant boost to our Town at just the right time.
Both myself and Dr Dan Poulter are keen to ensure that this new investment gets right across the Town, particularly to some of the areas that understandably feel like they have been a bit left behind in recent years.
There is much that has excited me about the investment we will be getting. From the investment in skills and opportunities for young people, the training of the next generation of nurses and social care staff, and the giving of a new lease of life to many of our Town’s most iconic buildings that have been allowed to fall into disrepair and redundance for too long, this money will make a real difference.
When the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick visited Ipswich before the last General Election Councillor David Ellesmere, the Labour Leader of the Borough Council poured scorn on the visit. He dismissed it as an “election bribe”. Personally, I believe that this £25 million is a real demonstration of the Government’s commitment to the Town and that the vast majority of my constituents will welcome it. Hopefully, there may be more Government investment over the coming years.