Maldon District Council has submitted a £2,277,153 bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Round 2 fund.
The bid, named ‘Maldon Historic Waterfront Revival Programme’, will focus on the Council’s approved Maldon and Heybridge Central Area Masterplan (CAMP) 2017 – project 4 Hythe Quay.
If successful, the funding will be used to bring back to life under-utilised assets owned by the Council for cultural, educational, and commercial purposes, increase connectivity between
Promenade Park and the High Street via Hythe Quay, and improvements to the land side surface of Hythe Quay to create a sympathetically rejuvenated public space, safely segregating vehicles and pedestrians, whilst retaining the working quayside as a visitor destination.
The project will need to be delivered by end of March 2025. In addition, the Council has also submitted its £1,000,000 Investment Plan for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) building on the three investment themes of Community and Place, Supporting Local Business and People and Skills.
The UKSPF is a government-allocated fund which is intended to reduce inequalities between communities, as part of the Government’s wider “Levelling Up” agenda.
The fund will run from this year once the investment plan has been approved until end of March 2025. Whilst the fund is an allocation and not a competitive bid process it is important Lead Local Authorities submit an investment plan that reflects an areas needs before being signed off by Government.
Leader of Maldon District Council, Cllr Penny Channer said “If successful, both the Levelling Up Round 2 Bid, and our UKSPF investment plan give the Council an opportunity to deliver a range of projects across the district for the benefit of our residents, visitors and businesses alike. We look forward to hearing the outcome of both submissions later this year.’