Hundreds of jobs and ‘exciting’ regeneration promised for Clay Cross after multi-million pound funding boost

Hundreds of jobs are set to be created as a north east Derbyshire town is ‘transformed’ thanks to a ‘once in a generation’ funding boost.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 2:00 pm

Clay Cross has this week been awarded £24.1million from the Government’s Towns Fund programme after a bid submitted last year was successful.

Council chiefs say the cash means residents can now look forward to ‘many exciting’ proposals progressing in the town.

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Consultation on the plans for Clay Cross took place in the summer of 2020.

These include new environmentally-friendly homes, a ‘state-of-the-art’ leisure centre, the redevelopment of the town centre and exploration of plans for a railway station in Clay Cross.

Councillor Carolyn Renwick, cabinet member for economic development at North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “What an incredible and proud moment this is for Clay Cross and north east Derbyshire.

“To be awarded the full sum we asked for – over £24m – will mean Clay Cross will be an exciting hub of redevelopment, opportunity and prosperity for years to come.

“With many exciting projects planned – and wanted by the residents – this opportunity will really put Clay Cross on the map.

North East Derbyshire District Council has released this image with more information about the plans for Clay Cross.

“The jobs which will be created during the construction phase will follow on to a transformation of the town, with opportunities for investment from businesses to come and join the town – with employment opportunities here for this and generations to come.”

A council spokesperson said the funding presents a ‘once in a generation opportunity to transform this historic former mining town into a vibrant and low-carbon 21st century market town’.

They added: “Exciting projects will be able to get underway which will include a new state-of-the-art leisure and well-being centre, exploration of the potential for a Clay Cross railway station, a cultural centre and a skills and enterprise hub.

“Low-carbon housing and commercial space will be built, together with other leisure uses for existing current and future residents.

“Hundreds of jobs will be created, giving local people a range of opportunities.”

They said the £24.1m would also be used to attract up to £50m in additional private sector investment for Clay Cross.

The spokesperson added: “The highly-anticipated funding means the town can now look forward to many regeneration projects being started.

“The future of Clay Cross looks incredibly bright.”

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