DARTFORD MP Gareth Johnson and council leader Jeremy Kite have welcomed an announcement that Dartford is to get £4.3 million from the Government to regenerate the town centre.
The money, aimed at improving the town centre, increasing footfall and encouraging private investment, was announced by Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government today. (Thurs)
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “This is fantastic news for Dartford. We have been working hard to get this funding bid so that the town centre can be enhanced and improved. It will help the economic situation by bringing more people into the town, improve public spaces and help create a new market square. This money will give Dartford a significant lift and I look forward to seeing it make a real difference the lives of everyone who lives in Dartford.”
Leader of Dartford Borough Council Jeremy Kite said: “I am thrilled to finally hear the news of our bid that we have been waiting for. In truth, the high ranking given to this project is extremely welcome but it is no less than our team deserve. Working together the Council, MP and LEP have created, supported and lobbied for a funding bid of the highest quality. Our strategic location and desirability for homes and business has turned Dartford into an area of high growth but we have made the point repeatedly that the growth cannot be sustained without investment in infrastructure. Today’s announcement is the first of several we need that must include a practical resolution to the nightmare caused to our town by traffic on the M25.
This investment will help fuel the transformation of our town centre – improving public spaces, helping create a new market square and allowing us to take a fresh look at the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. It is only one part of the jigsaw, but it is a major one nevertheless and I am both delighted and proud of our team. We have worked together with a single focus from Civic Centre to Westminster and it has paid dividends.”