A RECOVERY plan that aims to help boost Richmondshire’s economy following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been given a £150,000 boost.

Members of the district council's Corporate Board have approved funding for the authority’s Economic Action and Recovery Plan.

First approved five years ago, the plan has now been extended to include a series of actions to assist economic growth and mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the local business community.

Initially £300,000 was allocated to it, with money already given to the Swale Cycle Trail, Wensleydale Railway and two local garages to provide 27/7 fuel and electric charging.

The remainder of the fund has been used for feasibility studies for key development sites – junction 52 on the A1 which has the potential to house a major distribution centre, and Shute Road in Catterick Garrison for a regeneration and green travel plan.

Funding has also been allocated for grants for apprentices and small businesses – and for larger events such as the Tour de Yorkshire and UCI cycling events.

The latest allocation of £150,000 will also be used to fund further feasibility studies, including Colburn Lorry Park.

Members agreed £80,000 be set aside to allow for work in connection with a bid to the Levelling Up Fund.

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