Our partnership working has paid off as Shirebrook is to receive a £1.26million investment from central government.
This government funding is the result of the ‘NG20 multi-agency’ team’s efforts to resolve the impact of a growing population.
Councillor Ann Syrett, Council Leader and instrumental in forming the group, said, “Shirebrook has borne the brunt of this population explosion and I’m pleased that the hard work of the NG20 team over the past couple of years has eased the pressure. This cash injection is the government’s recognition of that hard work and will go some way in enabling us to deal with some of the town’s infrastructure challenges”.
The cash comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Controlling Migration Fund and will be used on specific projects, mainly:
- Supporting a wide range of events in the local community.
- Providing additional resources at Shirebrook Academy and Shires Health Care.
- Supporting a healthy workforce program where blood pressure, health advice and much more will be on offer within the workplace.
- Working with the Town Council to improve the Market Square and community areas, and
- Supporting the improvement of standards in private rented housing and to tackle rogue landlords.
Councillor Syrett added, “I see the key areas being our schools and health services. They are especially feeling the strain of the increase in population; so we will be focusing on providing additional resources so they can deal with the extra patients and provide additional activities both within and after school.”
Mandy Chambers, Chair of Bolsover Partnership and the Shirebrook ‘NG20 Group’ said, “Securing funding for this ‘Building Resilience’ programme shows the strength of partnership working throughout Bolsover District. Our partners are committed to joint working for the benefit of local people and this is proof of how successful we can be when we pull together.”