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East Staffordshire Borough Council outline plans to spend Bargates money

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 15, 2014

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COUNCIL chiefs have revealed how they will spend part of a £1.5 million cash boost from the Government to spruce up part of Burton to make it more appealing to developers.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has outlined how it will spend cash allocated from the Local Growth Fund to help it push on with plans to build 200 new homes on the former Bargates site.

The authority revealed that it will get its hands on the cash from April next year, and plots to use it to improve the site to try to attract further investment to the Burton Bridge end of the town.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “The funding the council has secured for Bargates will be used to provide infrastructure to service the development, in advance of the scheme’s delivery.

“This includes the on-site roads, sewers, electric, gas, telecoms etc.

“This up-front investment will increase the site’s commercial viability, therefore making it a more attractive proposition to a developer.

“In terms of the delivery programme, the council expects to receive the funding after April 2015, to be spent within the financial year.”

The cash was part of a £7.5 million boost for the area that will include £6 million being spent on the A38 Branston interchange to prepare the area for an influx of thousands of houses over the coming years.

Early predictions have suggested the cash boost will not only push through development in the area, but also create hundreds of new jobs.

The money comes from millions handed out by the Government aimed at improving transport networks, unlocking economic sites and boosting skills provision

Borough council leader Julian Mott said: “The deal is great news for East Staffrdshire.”

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  • dottykat  |  July 17 2014, 9:39AM

    What happened to the original outline plan that the Council shared with the rest of us to have shops, restaurants intermingled with the housing - not that I thought that was appropriate but beside the point I knew that was a battle I'd never win, the Council has to have its 'housing' even though, going on the number of advertisements of houses for sale in Burton its pretty obvious to anyone that we don't need any more - anyway, and I think many others will agree, we have been given the area of the washlands of Burtons river so why does ESBC want to take it away from us all and just let a few who can buy one of these 'essential' (because the Government in London says so) houses see our heritage. There are without doubt plenty of brownfield sites in the town where the 'additional housing' would in reality improve the vista. Its time the Planners got out of their offices, went for a walk instead of a drive and saw what damage bad planning is doing to Burton, how it is destroying everything and driving people rapidly away from the Town Centre for their shop/leisure experience. They certainly won't keep Burtonians shopping in Burton the way they are currently driving the town down a road to oblivion - One brief mention is all I'll make 'Burtons Market'. Is this going to be another Ferry Bridge renovation issue, where the Council consult with us Burtonians whilst keeping their fingers stuck firmly in their ears shouting 'blah, blah, blah' as loudly as they can and then doing what they like but being able to claim that they have 'consulted' with us? Don't we think its time for a Change?