Over £12m investment in projects to drive economic growth and support sustainable transport was approved by The West of England Joint Committee on Friday 30 November.
The committee agreed to allocate £2.795m from the Local Growth Fund to support South Gloucestershire Council’s Sustainable Transport Package which will be delivered between March 2019 and March 2021.These include improving cycling and pedestrian access to major employment sites in the North Fringe and supporting future residential growth on the A38 corridor through two sections of cycle route upgrades in the Filton/Patchway area and improved crossing facilities on the A38 at M5 Junction 16, as well as a wide range of walking, cycling and safety improvements near to schools, and replacement of the oldest and most polluting community transport vehicles.
Members also approved investing £4m from the Economic Development Fund into Bristol City Council’s plan for Engine Shed 2. The project involves the refurbishment of the George and Railway site and a new building on the adjacent car park – creating a new 44,000 sq ft development opposite the highly successful Engine Shed 1, to provide more business floorspace and support activities.
A £6m investment from the Local Growth Fund, into City of Bristol College’s Advanced Construction Skills Centre, was also given the green light. The plan is to build a new 2,500 square-metre centre as a linked extension to the college’s existing South Bristol Skills Academy site at Hengrove.
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “I am very pleased to support these initiatives which will boost our plans for business growth, assist people to benefit from future opportunities in our region and help more people to travel around more safely.”
Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are happy to approve the funding for these schemes which are aimed towards giving further boosts to the West of England economy; through improving skills opportunities for people across the region, helping more start-up businesses to develop and grow, and increasing productivity.”
The Joint Committee is the decision-making body for issues relating to the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
A video recording of the meeting is available to view at www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk. Meeting papers can also be found on the website.