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Bid for government funds submitted

Wed 19 June 2019, 4:05 pm

Medway Council has bid for 170m of central government funding to help transform the Hoo Peninsula, after successfully getting through the first round of the process.

It is one of 45 local authorities that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced was able to bid for the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) grant, which the council applied for in March.

This is a government capital grant programme with a £5.5bn pot of money that will help deliver a potential 600,000 new homes across England.

The grant funding will help to contribute funds towards new infrastructure where there is the greatest housing need.

Medway Council intends to use the grant to help transform the Hoo Peninsula by improving road and rail connections. The unitary authority and Network Rail have discussed upgrading an existing freight railway line for use by passengers to connect the Hoo Peninsula to London and neighbouring boroughs.

The council has also explored options to provide a new relief road to reduce pressure on the A228 and Four Elms roundabout.

The funding would also be used to invest in green spaces and shoreline, including a country park and wetland enhancements to benefit both wildlife and residents.

The aim is to deliver sustainable growth across Medway, while also providing new homes as required by central government.

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