Kimberley Wins £16.5 Million Investment from Government Levelling Up Fund!

Earlier today, the UK Government announced that Kimberley’s Levelling Up Fund bid has been successful!

This is amazing news for the town, and will make Kimberley an even better place to live!

Kimberley Town Councillors Neil Oakden, Trevor Rood, Neil Doherty with giant cheque for £16.5 million from levelling up fund

The funding will allow us to make a great difference to the town and our community over the coming months and years and will include:

Town Centre Improvements

  • A new Community and Business Hub to replace the Parish Hall, including office space for start-ups and small businesses, and modern space for community activities on the ground floor.
  • Small Business Grants for Kimberley businesses to improve the look and feel of the town.
  • Lighting equipment to create light displays and VR attractions similar to that on Valentine’s Day last year, to encourage events-based attractions in Kimberley and encourage visitors.

Industrial Units at Digby Street and new Sports Facilities at Swingate

  • The existing football pitch at Digby Street will be redeveloped into 20 new industrial units to allow new small businesses to move into Kimberley, driving job creation and economic growth.
  • A new sports facility at Swingate Farm will be developed to support our outstanding Kimberley sports teams.

Cycle Path Network and Bennerley Viaduct Eastern Ramp

  • A new active travel route to link up Kimberley with Eastwood, Giltbrook, Phoenix Park Tram Stop and Bennerley Viaduct.
  • Construction of an accessible Eastern Ramp at Bennerley Viaduct, a Grade 2* listed railway viaduct of great historical and cultural significance and important tourist attraction.
  • These routes will allow more people to cycle and walk to commute to work and for leisure purposes, and would encourage more visitors to the area. It would also support reducing carbon emissions and healthier lifestyle choices.

The bid team for Kimberley was Trevor Rood, Neil Oakden and Neil Doherty from Kimberley Town Council, working closely with Borough and County Councillors and Broxtowe Borough Council, and supported by local MP Darren Henry.

Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks!


4 thoughts on “Kimberley Wins £16.5 Million Investment from Government Levelling Up Fund!

  1. I’d like to see more to with nature and wildlife. Whether it’s work done on the sidings nature trail or a new area.

    1. Thank you for your comment. The objectives of the Levelling Up fund are tightly controlled by the government so there are limits to what can be done with this fund. However, a big part of the fund is to improve cycling and walking facilities, which will make it easier for residents to access natural environments for example the Nottingham and Erewash Canals. As part of the Levelling Up scope there is work to improve the town centre so that could include the greenery in the centre of Kimberley, and we’re hoping that will include planting of trees, and we can look at some wilding projects as well. You may also be aware that the council has recently organised the planting of trees at Swingate, and planting of thousands of bulbs on the Chapel on the Hill site, and we have plans to re-wild some areas once the newly planted trees are estalished (probably from 2024). We have also applied separately for funding just this week to help improve the greenery in the town from a separate Levelling Up pot.

  2. Do you have any info about the plans for the redevelopment of the parish hall? My garden backs onto it and I would not want anything larger there, or anything with windows overlooking my property.

    1. Thank you for your comment. At the moment we only have an outline plan for the redevelopment of the Parish Hall area. It will be properly designed and it will need to go through a formal planning process where it will be properly scrutinised and residents will have the opportunity to comment to Broxtowe Borough Council before approval. We don’t have timescales for this at the moment but there are things the architects can do to minimise the impact on nearby residents and we’ll ask them to do that during the design.

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