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!
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!