£1.4m boost for access road to business park in Lower Dicker

Cllr Keith Glazier
Cllr Keith Glazier

A new access road linking the A22 with a new business park has been given a £1.4m boost thanks to a government grant.

The money will be used to construct a junction and access road linking the A22 with the new Swallow Business Park in Lower Dicker which will provide up to 15,000 square metres of employment space.

The cash boost, which will be delivered between 2016 and 2021, is part of a £46.1million investment resulting from a successful bid for Government Growth Deal scheme funding by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

New employment space and transport improvements in Bexhill and Eastbourne also received part of the £5.7m sum awarded to East Sussex - which will create more than 1,700 jobs.

The investment will add to the £66m East Sussex received last summer from the first round of Growth Deals, which is being used mainly for transport infrastructure projects.

Cllr Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council, said: “This latest round of funding is another boost to the county’s economy, allowing us to improve our infrastructure and create new jobs.

“The Growth Deal is all about allowing money for economic development to be delivered locally, using local expertise to channel funding to those areas where it will have the greatest impact.”

From the latest round of funding £2.6m will go to improve road links to the new business park in Bexhill and £1.7m will be provided for site infrastructure for the next phases in the development of Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park in Eastbourne.

The three schemes (Hailsham, Bexhill and Eastbourne) have already secured more than £29m in private and public sector match funding, meaning they can now progress with around £35m of secured funding.

In addition to these direct East Sussex allocations, £2m is being invested in a SELEP-wide project for coastal communities including Hastings, to deliver a package of housing regeneration projects.

Growth Deals which are aimed at boosting economic development, are agreed by Government with local enterprise partnerships across the country.

The Swallow Business Park is set to create hundreds of new jobs in the area.