‘Stronger Towns’ funding could be ‘real game changer’ for the Isle of Wight says MP

Solent LEP’s CEO believes there are “huge opportunities for growth” on the Isle of Wight, but that it’s now up to the Island to make a strong case for funding.

bob seely and jake berry

This in from the office of Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely. Ed

MP Bob Seely has arranged top level talks with the Minister responsible for the government’s new Stronger Towns Fund, Jake Berry, to explore how the Island can benefit from the funding pot.

The fund, launched in March this year, is a £1.6 billion pot designed to boost growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Brexit. It is targeted at places that have not shared in the proceeds of growth in the same way as more prosperous parts of the country.

Bob Seely, Jake Berry and Anne-Marie Mountfield
Bob Seely, Jake Berry and Anne-Marie Mountfield

Seely: Could be a real game changer for the Island
Following the talks with Mr Berry, which also involved Solent LEP Chief Executive, Anne-Marie Mountifield, Bob said it was now up to the Island to make a strong case for funding.

Bob said:

“Having been encouraged by the minister to apply for Stronger Towns Fund assistance, it is now up to the Island’s economic agencies, with my support to put forward the strongest possible bid.

“This could be a real game changer for the Island and if we are to bring about the regeneration the Island needs then we have to make the most of all the funding opportunities offered by the government.”

Mountfield: Huge opportunities for growth
Ms Mountifield, said:

“There are huge opportunities for growth on the Isle of Wight and the area is a hub for strategically important sectors to the Solent economy, including composite materials and their application in marine technology, clean growth and aerospace.

“It is in recognition of these opportunities, as well as the challenges our Island faces, that the Solent LEP has prioritised the Island for investment and provided a package worth close to £19m to date. We look forward to working with Bob and colleagues on the Island to build on this work through the Governments Stronger Towns Fund when it opens.”

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She went on to say,

“Ahead of this, we are keen to secure feedback from businesses, residents and other stakeholders on the Island to inform the development of a Local Industrial Strategy for the Solent area and would encourage anyone interested in helping us to establish an ambitious vision for a future economy to submit their views through our online survey.”

The survey can be found here and is live until 23:59 on Friday 19 July 2019.

Monday, 10th June, 2019 10:39am


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The only ‘game changer’ will be to get rid of this ‘jam tomorrow’ Government


Yet another pot of money that somebody has to waste their time writing applications for. If people stopped voting for tax cuts and instead we had a government and voters who supported the ‘public sector’, including local government, then the money could already be there to help make the Island a better place.

Benny C
All talk, no walk. Easy publicity, meaningless words. If no money is secured he has subtly set this up to be someone else’s fault. How convenient. Mr Seeley should be using the time to actually do his job and take responsibility to secure the funding rather than stage a photo opportunity and claim a some more expenses. Actions not words, results not self promotion. That’s what being… Read more »