Business leader backs Scunthorpe Towns Fund plans

14:00, Tuesday, 12th May 2020

Following the announcement of 10 projects being developed as part of a major investment programme, which will continue the transformation of Scunthorpe, the Managing Director of Marketing Humber is backing the plans.

Diana Taylor, Managing Director, Marketing Humber, said:

“This is an exciting programme of growth for Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire, and the opportunity to use significant funding to further invest in this community will have long-term social and economic impact. The investment that will be continued through these plans, involving capital spend to address urban regeneration, skills and enterprise, and very importantly connectivity, will be a catalyst for a much larger cultural change and legacy. Not only will this breathe life back into the town centre, it will strengthen both social and business communities, rewarding the resilience shown over recent years. This is a time to make a real difference to health and social wellbeing, and build an exciting, sustainable future for residents and businesses.

“Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire play an important role in the region and industrial cluster, both through the large businesses that add so much to the UK plc, and the underpinning strength of the SME supply chain. As we look for our region to transition to a low-carbon, clean growth economy, this will bring the need for new skills and talent, new job opportunities for the next generation and more.”

Detailed studies will be pulled together with cash made available from the Government’s Towns Fund. The projects are expected to create hundreds of jobs, improve peoples’ health and wellbeing and create stronger communities.

The proposals – which represent the largest investment programme in Scunthorpe for generations – will change the face of the town and wider area. Included is:

  • An advanced manufacturing park across 60 acres of land creating hundreds of highly-skilled advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs by attracting companies from across the globe to locate in Scunthorpe.
  • Taking forward proposals for a new hospital for the region.
  • The revolution of the town centre public realm, stripping out and replacing old and worn furniture to create a clean, modern environment.
  • Building a new cultural quarter for Scunthorpe in the heart of the town.
  • Developing a technology business incubator hub in the town centre to help start-ups grow, expand and attract investment while assisting existing businesses to innovate.
  • A scheme to attract graduates to live and work in the area.
  • clean, green energy system which transports low-cost, locally-produced heat and electricity into homes and businesses.
  • Ensuring every home and business in Scunthorpe has access to Gigabit internet
  • Increasing rail capacity into major cities across the north to enable people to live in North Lincolnshire but access the broader jobs market the cities offer.
  • An integrated, green transport system which transforms the way people travel across Scunthorpe to ensure commuters can use all modes of transport safely and efficiently included radical changes to public transport and new traffic-free cycle routes.

The Town’s Fund itself will receive up to £25m but it will be used to leverage hundreds of millions of additional funding for the raft of projects designed to revolutionise the area.

People from across the region are being encouraging to have their say on what they would like to see through the Government’s My Town campaign – further details on Scunthorpe are available on the My Town portal.

It follows from almost £40m which has already been invested in the town centre in recent years and will be led by the public-private partnership Towns Fund Board which is administering the town’s share of a £3.6bn national government scheme designed to rejuvenate towns across the country. The Board is chaired by the University of Lincoln’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart.

These latest developments come as North Lincolnshire Council is investing more than £5m in community facilities across the area – including places such as Ashby, Barton, Brigg and the Isle of Axholme – and spearheading major infrastructure investment of £31m in the road network across North Lincolnshire, including the development of two new motorway junctions which will relieve congestion, open up development land for Lincolnshire Lake and significantly reduce commute times to nearby cities.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln who chairs the local Towns Fund Board, said:

“Following the latest board meeting, it is clear progress is being made to build upon the many years of investment in Scunthorpe town centre. It is an exciting time for Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire, which will see the local economy boosted and numerous opportunities become available for further investment.

“A variety of different projects are in the pipeline covering business, transport infrastructure, health, connectivity, culture and leisure sectors.”

Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We have enjoyed an incredible amount of support from Government, particularly in cash terms and we have been able to invest in the people and place of North Lincolnshire. Now we are in position to really catalyse that.

“This is the culmination of many years work planning and preparing and we have a great team with an unparalleled skillset around the table – from the local government officers, regional and national government representatives and importantly senior business leaders. We look forward to developing these proposals further with local stakeholders.

“We have seen across the last few weeks an incredible response to protect the most vulnerable in North Lincolnshire in response to Covid-19. We must capture that sense of community which has been shown into some of these projects.

“These proposals will be fundamental in helping to grow the economy of North Lincolnshire, they will help people stay safe and well and they will enable the communities to flourish creating wealth and prosperity. If ever we needed the wider backing to achieve this and push North Lincolnshire and Scunthorpe further on it is now.”