Wednesday 25 May 2022
Following Derbyshire’s receipt of £70 million from the flagship Levelling Up Fund, Derby has been hailed as a shining example of the Government’s levelling up agenda by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, who visited the city last week to see how regeneration plans are taking place.
The Minister met with local leaders at the Derby Market Hall, which is undergoing redevelopment, and the Becketwell regeneration project, which will comprise of a new public square, 259 apartments and a 3,500-capacity performance venue.
The Minister toured St Peters and Cathedral Quarter, which has received £15 million from the Future High Streets fund to regenerate the prominent public space Market Hall and Eastern Gateway.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay said: “Derby is a city of real vibrancy and it was fantastic to see the ambitious regeneration projects taking place across the city centre.”
“The redevelopment of the Market Hall is really starting to take shape and the £15 million Future High Streets funding will help develop other parts of the St Peter’s Quarter.”
“Levelling up is a central part of the Government’s ambition because we want to ensure people and communities up and down the country are able to thrive, so it was great to see how Derby has been able to access funding that will drive inward investment into the city centre and create opportunity for people.”
Leader of Derby City Council Cllr Chris Poulter said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to Derby and show him the great strides we are making to rejuvenate and Level Up the city centre.”
“The minister was able to see first-hand the challenges and opportunities we face in Derby and the essential role Levelling Up can play in the city.”