A RANGE of exciting projects that make up the #BrilliantBarrow initiative have entered a crucial stage in the process towards unlocking a promised £25 million in Government funding.
The town is in line to secure the maximum award from the Government’s £3.6 billion Town Deal fund for seven ambitious schemes that are set to secure a bright and transformative future in Barrow for generations to come.
Work to complete formal business cases for each project is complete - with each now going through a strict assurance process so that final project details can be submitted back to the Government later this year.
Steve Cole, chair of the #BrilliantBarrow board and Chief Infrastructure Officer at BAE Systems Ltd, said: “The completion of the business cases is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work of all those involved over the last 12 months.
“Now, each business case is subject to a rigorous assurance process so we can be certain the projects are robust, supported by the community and financially sustainable in the long term.
“We are very close to the next big step in the Town Deal process which is to submit the information required back to the Government for assessment.”
The Government’s Towns Deal Initiative was launched in 2019 to support economic regeneration across the country and to encourage long term productivity and growth as part of its Levelling Up agenda.
Barrow was one of the first towns in the country to secure an offer of £25 million from the fund.
#BrilliantBarrow is made up of seven individual projects:
Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council and a member of the #BrilliantBarrow board, said: “All seven projects are incredibly exciting and have the potential to transform the future for our communities in so many ways.
“Securing money for regeneration is a long and complicated process but we have reached another important step on the journey now that the business cases are in the assurance stage.
“We’re getting ever closer to seeing these projects come to life which is something I’m very much looking forward to.”
Full details of each of the schemes can be found on the #BrilliantBarrow website brilliantbarrow.org.uk