Community and enviro funds from HS2 hit the £10million mark - The Solihull Observer

Community and enviro funds from HS2 hit the £10million mark

Solihull Editorial 3rd Oct, 2021   0

HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson MP has celebrated £10million worth of funding from the HS2 Community and Environment Funds being distributed whilst visiting projects in Warwickshire.

The HS2 Funds opened to applicants in 2017 and are made up by the Community and Environment fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway.

The £10m of funding has been distributed across 172 projects located near the HS2 route.

Since April this year, communities and businesses between the West Midlands and Crewe were also able to apply to the funds, which have a combined total of £45million.

Multiple community spaces have benefitted from the funds; with village halls, sports clubs and children’s play areas across the HS2 route being upgraded.

HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP, said: “These community and business funds are crucial in ensuring a positive legacy for those communities most affected by HS2 construction.

“I am delighted that we have now reached the £10 million mark on Phase One, and look forward to many more projects up and down the line benefitting in the same way as we maintain progress on HS2 and build back better from Covid-19.”


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