NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS is to receive £20m from the Government to support its regeneration, it has been announced today.

The funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities was announced as Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his budget.

£400m has been committed to extend the 10-year long-term plan for towns to 20 other places, also including Darlington, Peterhead and Rhyl.

'Great news for Newton-le-Willows'

In a statement, Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, said: “It’s great news that Newton-le-Willows is one of a small number of towns to receive this new funding, which will be spent in our community on local people’s priorities.

“This £20m is in addition to the £20m we secured for the regeneration of Earlestown, and the £25m we won through the Town Deal Fund for St Helens.

“We’ve been able to secure this investment thanks to the efforts of our Labour-run council under David Baines’ leadership, working with the chief executive and senior officers, and supported strongly by Labour councillors in Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown, all working with me as the MP at Westminster."

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Reacting to the news, Newton councillor and deputy leader of St Helens Borough Council, Seve Gomez-Aspron, said: “We welcome all investment.

“And a particular thanks goes to our hard-working MP Conor McGinn and our council team who make Newton-le-Willows one of the few places in the country to receive LUF2 funding  and this new £20m Plan for Towns funding.

"And that isn’t a coincidence. It’s through hard work in both of our town centres."

St Helens Star: Cllr Seve Gomez-AspronCllr Seve Gomez-Aspron (Image: St Helens Council)

He added: “We said we’d fight to secure funding to regenerate our town centres thoroughly and properly, and we are delivering on this.

“We can’t forget that this is against a backdrop of the Government cutting council funding by over £120m every single year.

“It is however, good news, and I look forward to further detail on how we make this community and economic regeneration work for Newton-le-Willows.”