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Have your say on how we shape our £20 million levelling up bid

Published Friday 4 February, 2022
Last updated on Friday 4 February, 2022

People can now have their say on how Swale Borough Council shapes their £20 million levelling up bid to bring real investment to Sheerness.

The council’s proposals to include a new indoor swimming pool and leisure facilities, the expansion of Sheppey College, and new studio spaces at Master’s House are now open for public consultation.

The three-week consultation is available until Friday, 25 February.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader of the council, said:

“This £20 million levelling up bid will bring much needed investment to the island and we want to make sure we consult with the people who live and work there.

“We want to make sure our bid is as strong as possible and who better to ask about the strength of our plans than the local people?

“We’re making our plans available for people to view and asking if people support them, and if not, what they think would be better.

“It’s important that we get this right, the fund is expected to open in the spring, and we want to be ready and put our best foot forward.”

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“We want to know what you think.

What would benefit Beachfields, Sheerness and the island as a whole? What would you like to see inside the refurbished leisure centre and new pool? How can we better connect the seafront to the high street and town centre

“If we win this bid, it’ll be a big investment for Sheerness, and we hope it’ll bring life to the area by attracting visitors, offering better vocational training for young people, encouraging business opportunities, supporting employment and improving recreational facilities for residents.”

Cllr Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“I’m delighted that the focus for this investment opportunity is in Sheppey, and Sheerness in particular, and I want us to grab it with both hands.

“Public opinion and input are a key part of the levelling up bid, and I can’t encourage people enough to head over to our website to read the plans and have their say. The consultation is open now.”

To view the plans and submit a comment visit www.swale.gov.uk/sheppey-levelling-up.

The consultation is open from today, Friday, 4 February until Friday, 25 February.