Lancashire County Council announces £13m recovery programme

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Lancashire County Council has announced a £12.8m programme to help the county recover from the economic impacts of Covid-19.

Last month, the council secured £34.1m of government funding to push forward 'shovel ready' strategic development and infrastructure projects. This latest funding is designed to bring longer-term projects to fruition, and will also be used to better understand how the crisis has affected the county. 

The exact details of how the funding will be used will be discussed by members of the cabinet next week, though it is proposed that the funding will be allocated to projects by the end of March 2021, with the aim of completing the majority of schemes by March 2024.

Coun Geoff Driver, leader of the council, said: "At the beginning of the year we were in the process of bringing forward ambitious plans for economic growth together with setting out our vision for the whole of Lancashire to become the UK City of Culture in 2025.

We are not looking to return to business as usual, but be even more ambitious

"Work had already begun on plans for major development and infrastructure to transform our economy and fully realise our potential for the benefit of all our residents, businesses and communities. Unfortunately we are all aware of the huge impact coronavirus has had in Lancashire since then, both in terms of the tragic human cost as well as the economic impact.

"But we are determined to build on the foundations we already had in place to help our towns, attractions, countryside and destinations, while supporting industry, stimulating business growth and creating new jobs. In fact we are not looking to return to business as usual, but be even more ambitious for our county and future prosperity."

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