A town centre is set to get £6million as part of plans to regenerate it.

Billingham, which has also put forward a bid for £20m from the Government’s levelling up fund after missing out last time around, has been awarded £6m by the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

The cash was signed off by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and five local authority leaders as part of a refreshed ten-year investment plan.

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A TCVA spokesperson said the cash will be used to further enhance the Billingham area, with a full business case set to be developed to outline how the new funding will be used.

The Northern Echo: Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen at Billingham StationTees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen at Billingham Station

Mr Houchen said: “Billingham has drawn the short straw for far too long when it comes to investment and redevelopment, and this needs to change. Our £6million boost will accelerate the transformation of Billingham, breathing new life into the area – and not before time.”

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Councillor Bob Cook, leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this additional £6million from the Combined Authority for projects across Billingham. This will sit well alongside our own plans, which are focussed on the transformation of Billingham town centre.”

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