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Sheerness Revival

Sheerness Revival

We're making a bid for part of the government's £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund to help improve Beachfields and parts of Sheerness.

Bids can be made for up to £20 million - so far, we've received £125,000 to help develop our bid for the Fund.

We're expecting to be able to make a bid for the Levelling Up Fund from spring 2022. Proposals must be delivered by March, 2025.

Consultation ran from 4 to 25 February, and we asked local residents, businesses and stakeholders for their views on four project areas:

  • Placemaking and connectivity – bringing to the fore the area’s history, heritage and natural environment and linking the other projects with the town centre and waterfront
  • Beachfields – improved leisure and health facilities, securing sustainability and environmental advantages and paving the way for additional leisure facilities and attractions, to boost the vibrancy and appeal of Beachfields for residents and visitors alike
  • Sheppey College – expanded technical and vocational provision for 14 – 18 year olds utilising the car park site adjacent to the College.
  • Master’s House – the former district offices are currently undergoing extensive £1.5m refurbishment into office units, conference and meeting space. The conversion of the workshop area to the rear could provide creative studio / workspace and widen the employment offer of Master’s House at the heart of the town centre.

322 people took the time to respond to the consultation, and we are very grateful for the views that were shared, Support for the proposals overall was above 75%, with the wider placemaking proposals at 86%.

Cllr Roger Truelove, Leader of Swale Borough Council, said:

“Since we came into administration, we have been clear that the Isle of Sheppey is a key priority and focus area for us. For too long, the people of the Isle of Sheppey and Sheerness in particular have been forgotten.

“The government have recognised that Swale is a priority area for levelling up and we hope the government will agree that our bid meets all of the criteria and will make a significant and lasting difference to the people of Swale.

“We are keen to ensure that this bid for the Levelling Up Fund not only meets the criteria set out by government, but also meets the needs of local residents..

“If successful, the regeneration and rejuvenation of Sheerness would not only make it a modern version of what it used to be but would also create local jobs for local people.

“Even if our bid is not successful on this occasion, we are taking the chance to prepare a robust case for investment that we hope will appeal to a range of funders. We want to ensure that we have done all we can and worked with the local community to form the best possible bid that fits all the criteria.”