£15.4m investment for York and North Yorkshire

David Dickson

Infrastructure schemes which will benefit from £15.4m secured by York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have been announced.

This money has come from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, following a bid by the LEP in June which outlined a list of local projects capable of boosting economic recovery from COVID-19.

Ten projects have now had funding approved and will receive a share of the £15.4m pot. All will need to be implemented within 18 months.

David Dickson, chairman of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “The LEP has a vision for economic recovery from COVID-19, which highlights a greener, fairer, stronger, future for York & North Yorkshire.

“These 10 schemes reflect those values and also offer resilience for our region’s infrastructure, rejuvenation for town and city centres, fresh learning and skills provision and new business and job opportunities – particularly in areas which depend on tourism.”

The 10 projects to have Getting Building Fund money approved are:

North Yorkshire Digital Infrastructure Programme. Lead organisation: North Yorkshire County Council. This includes making improvements to town centre wi-fi across North Yorkshire and improved digital connectivity for business parks.

Thornton Rd Business Park Phase Three, Pickering. Lead organisation: Ryedale District Council. Site preparation to enable development of a business park.

Whitby Business Park. Lead organisation: Scarborough Borough Council. Creation of new space within Whitby Business Park aimed at micro and small businesses.

A19, Chapel Haddlesey. Lead organisation: North Yorkshire County Council. Repairs to a key link road and embankments badly damaged by flooding earlier this year.

Digital Skills Academy. Lead organisation: Askham Bryan College. To construct a learning space providing digital skilling and re-skilling opportunities.

Electric car and green skills. Lead organisation: Scarborough TEC. Funding will support electric vehicle education and training.

Increasing technical skills capabilities in electric vehicle technologies. Lead organisation: York College. Electric vehicle skills development at York College.

Harrogate West Business Park. Lead organisation: Harrogate Borough Council. Investment for site infrastructure for the development of two employment units.

Enhancement to the Digital Hub, Central Northallerton. Lead organisation: Hambleton District Council. A town centre building will be re-purposed as an e-Campus that will provide the local community with a micro-university environment.

York Guildhall fit-out. Lead organisation: City of York Council. Internal fit-out of the historic Guildhall building for use as high-quality office space and business start-up location.