After accepting bids from across the country the UK Government has revealed which ones have been successful in attempting to gain access to the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund. Here are the winners in the Teesside area.

Guisborough has been awarded £15m to help develop the town centre after a joint bid from Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Council alongside MP Simon Clarke.

Cllr Mary Lanigan, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We are thrilled that our Levelling Up bid submitted jointly with Middlesbrough Council will receive millions of pounds worth of investment.

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“This funding will improve the town centre providing an exciting opportunity for us to grow and enhance Guisborough, and will better connect our residents to employment, training and education, helping us seize the opportunity presented by the Teesworks development site. The money will also enhance tourism and improve accessibility to North York Moors National Park for our residents."

Redcar and Cleveland also made a bid to fund a new swimming pool in Eston to replace the mothballed pool on Normanby Road, along with plans to revamp the town centre, however the £20m bid for funding was rejected.

Cllr Lanigan said of the news: "Whilst this is obviously extremely disappointing news, we will look to see if we can strengthen and resubmit the bid to help us achieve our aims for the area."

Meanwhile Labour Councillor Gelardine Williams said, "As a resident, as a business owner and as a Councillor I am gutted. Our area is forgotten, we deserve better, this is not what we were lead to believe. I fought with my ward colleagues for years for investment. Shame on the promises and campagining from the MP [Jacob Young] and shame on the Conservative Government."

Hartlepool's plans for a Production Village - providing production and post-production services to the film and TV industries - has been given a boost in the arm after a successful bid from Hartlepool Council-led bid has seen a commitment of £16.5m for the project. The news comes after the project was overlooked for the grant during the first round of funding.

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However, many are yet to see the benefits promised from the first round of funding. Shadow Secretary for Levelling Up, Lisa Nandy said: "The levelling up fund is in chaos, beset by delays and allegations of favouritism – 15 months after the first round of allocations, just 5% of the money has made it to the communities who were promised it.”

The Tees Valley Combined Authority - which jointly represents Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees - has received nearly £18m of funding to invest in 15km of walking and cycling routes across Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington.

New and improved routes will be built from Darlington Town Centre to Northgate, Stockton Town Centre to Yarm Road and Redcar Town Centre to West Dyke Road.


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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "This funding caps off another great day for Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. Our transport vision is a vital part of allowing people the access they ened to well-paid quality jobs and education - and this money will play a key role in making that vision a reality."