Councillors welcome agreement for their campaign to join new levelling up fund.
Erdington councillors Robert Alden and Gareth Moore have been fighting for Birmingham City Council to approve their bid for Erdington High Street to the new levelling up funding recently announced by the government. As part of their campaign, they have been collecting a petition from local residents calling on Birmingham City Council to put forward Erdington High Street to the levelling up funding.
Cllr Robert Alden (pictured), who has been leading the campaign to regenerate Erdington High Street said, “Since Christmas we have been working with local partners to find alternative funding source to be able to secure our redevelopment proposals for Erdington High Street. Since the announcement of the new levelling up funding in the budget we have been targeting this funding source specifically. In recent weeks this has included emails and meeting with officers to try and convince the Council to apply for the levelling up funding. Therefore is it great news that the Council have now agreed to back our bid and put Erdington forward.”
Cllr Gareth Moore said, “Given the blunder made by the council with the calculations for the Future High Street Fund it would have been outrageous if the Council had rejected our calls for our regeneration plans to be amended and resubmitted to the new levelling up funds.”
Robert added, “We will now be continuing our work with the council and partners over the coming months, as we have over the last few years, to make sure that the best possible bid goes forward. Erdington is an amazing place but years of neglect by the council have left it needing transformation and that is what our plans have been focused on. Fingers crossed we secure this much-needed funding.”