Unfortunately, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) confirmed yesterday that Ashington was unsuccessful with the Levelling Up Fund Round 2 submission. This is a significant disappointment to those who have worked hard on the bid, and for the town. In the coming weeks, the Northumberland County Council Economic Development and Regeneration Team will receive feedback from Government about the submission, allowing them to consider any further applications to the Levelling Up Fund.
The news is disappointing, but Northumberland County Council has assured us that they are committed to working in Ashington to support economic growth. Funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority - High Street Innovation Programme was successfully obtained in 2022, and work will pick up pace in the coming months. Work on the Hirst Masterplan has begun and Ashington will benefit from the opening of the Northumberland Line, and the new Northumberland College Campus.
Chair of Ashington Town Council, Cllr Mark Purvis said,
“Ashington Town Council is grateful to everyone involved in the bid and after the sadness of this set-back has passed, we look forward to working together to raise aspirations, reignite hope and build economic growth in the town.”