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£20m bid to boost leisure and cultural facilities

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A local authority has submitted a £20 million bid for Levelling Up cash to boost leisure, wellbeing and cultural facilities in Glossop.

High Peak Borough Council has put forward the bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Its bid package is focused on two schemes within the town – proposals for a new leisure centre and wellbeing hub, and to boost and speed up plans to fully re-open Victoria Hall as a live performance venue.

The Levelling Up Fund is aimed at investing in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, supporting town centre and high street regeneration projects and cultural and heritage assets.

Councillor Anthony Mckeown, leader of the borough council, said: “The council has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop ambitious proposals for significant investment in leisure, cultural and community facilities in Glossop, which have now been submitted.

“The leisure and wellbeing hub element of our £20 million bid to the Levelling Up Fund will enable us to deliver the much-demanded up-to-date facilities for the town, with the Victoria Hall element fast-tracking the excellent work started by the Friends of Victoria Hall to return this much valued community asset to full use.

“The council is committed to delivering projects which enhance the lives of everyone who lives and works in the High Peak.

“Our vision for regenerating Glossop is already underway, with the £7 million renovation of the historic Town Hall complex.

“Securing the funds we are asking for from Levelling Up will enable us to press ahead with our plans for new leisure and wellbeing amenities and a cultural hub at Victoria Hall more quickly.”

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