Parliamentary Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse Andrew Percy welcome the approval of six new Humber Growth Deal projects and signed the Humber Enterprise Zone (EZ) MOU on his first visit to the Humber LEP since taking on his government role on July 27.
The Growth Deal projects have been approved by the Humber LEP Board and the Humber Leadership Board will support the region’s visitor economy, energy sector, transport infrastructure and reduce the risk from flooding.
The six projects totalling £11.47m, which will create 75 direct jobs, support 404 indirect jobs as well as generating 279 construction jobs, were approved this month by the Humber Leadership Board and the Humber LEP Board.
The approval will see £3.5m go towards Hull Venue, the city’s proposed £36m live music and event venue and £0.5m towards increasing the visitor economy in North Lincolnshire at Normanby Hall Country Park.
While £195,000 will be used as part of a project to provide Offshore Wind Operational Support Facilities on the Port of Grimsby East, which will include changing and shower rooms alongside office and control room space, and a further £130,000 will be used to support Beverley’s Grovehill Bridge Maintenance Scheme which will provide long-term connectivity for local businesses as a 40-tonne HGV route.
Flood risk alleviation projects in Hull and East Riding are also being supported with £2.14m supporting land purchase for the Holderness Drain Flood Alleviation Scheme and £5m for the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) is being invested alongside other public and private sector funding in projects that will help to create an infrastructure that supports growth.
The projects which help to deliver the aims of our Strategic Economic Plan are identified by our partners and independently assessed before being approved by the Humber Leadership Board and the LEP Board.
Sixteen of the 28 projects from rounds one and two of the five-year Growth Deal are underway, while in the background we are developing a project pipeline to help us access more resources for the area in the future. A bid for further funding from Government will be submitted at the end of this month.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP board, said:
“These projects have the potential to have a significant economic impact by attracting more visitors and spend, attracting investment or safeguarding jobs and businesses.
“The six will add to the current 28 projects all of which support the aims of the Strategic Economic Plan of an infrastructure that supports growth, thriving successful businesses and a skilled and productive workforce.
“The Humber LEP Growth Deal is a part of the jigsaw that connects a large network of people, teams, businesses, organisations, projects and investments that will support the economic growth of the region.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council welcomes the news that the Humber LEP has made the decision to fund two much-needed infrastructure schemes within the East Riding. Both the Grovehill Bridge maintenance scheme and the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme will provide significant benefits to local communities by protecting resident’s homes and commercial properties from the risk of flooding and ensuring that road access to over 60 businesses in Beverley is maintained. This success builds on the council’s excellent record in securing external funding for local transport and flood schemes and reflects the strong partnership between the council and the Humber LEP.”
Councillor Stephen Brady Leader of Hull City Council said: “The approval of the Humber LEP Growth Deal projects is good news for our city. The funding for the Hull Venue will help us create a vibrant live music and event centre that supports our UK City of Culture legacy plans and will also help us reach our aim of becoming a world-class visitor destination as we look towards growing our cultural economy.
“Additionally, the funding to support the Holderness Drain Flood Alleviation Scheme is vital to provide extra protection and reassurance to those living in the local area should we experience extreme weather.”
Councillor Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I am delighted that Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises has been successful in securing Growth Deal funding. This is more good news for the area and further promotes our stronger economy priority.
“The offshore wind sector in Grimsby is continuing to grow and this project will deliver some much needed office accommodation and welfare facilities in a prime quayside location at the Port of Grimsby.
“North East Lincolnshire is a great place to do business and this authority is determined to support the growth of all sectors of the local economy.”
Councillor Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“It is brilliant news that we have been given £500,000 funding for Normanby Hall Country Park thanks to the Government. This will be used to improve the facilities at Normanby Hall and increase the visitor economy. In addition to improving North Lincolnshire’s economy, it is an investment in the Northern Powerhouse that is helping to create jobs.
“Normanby Hall Country Park is a wonderful attraction in North Lincolnshire. With the beautiful gardens and hall, splashpad and caravan and camp site it really is a great place to visit and there is something for all the family to enjoy. However, we recognise it has further great potential which we hope to develop with this funding.”
The Humber LEP secured £113m LGF in July 2014 to support Humber projects that contributes to a total local investment of £367m across 19 projects. A further £9.9m was secured in January 2015 to develop 9 projects on both banks of the Humber, which will unlock £37m local investment. Across the two rounds of investment there is a combined investment of £414m.
A call for projects which ended in January saw more than 40 projects ideas submitted. These will now be assessed and developed further ready for future opportunities of funding as part of Growth Deal Round 3 which is submitted this month.