Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes successful £20 million bid for Playhouse Square

Entertainment / Thu 19th Jan 2023 at 08:14am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon, has strongly welcomed the Government’s decision to award almost £20 million to build an even better Harlow. Working with Harlow’s Conservative-led council on the successful funding bid, Robert Halfon has lobbied Ministers to secure vital funds to make our town an even better place to live, work and grow up.

The funding comes to Harlow as part of the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, designed to invest in towns and cities all over the country. This latest funding worth £19,999,265 comes in addition to: 

  • £23.7 million Town Deal awarded last year 
  • £16.5 million to upgrade Harlow College and open the £12 million Advanced Manufacturing Centre
  • £85 million for the new Junction 7A
  • £27 million for our new Enterprise Zone 
  • £23 million upgrade to local school buildings
  • And hundreds of millions of investment to move the UK Health Security Agency to Harlow.

Commenting on the £20 million announcement, Mr Halfon said, “I work hard everyday for our town to ensure we secure all the funding that we need to build an even better Harlow. 

“Last year, I was able to secure £23.7 million from the Government’s Towns Fund. This year, working closely with Harlow’s Conservative council, I have been able to secure another £20 million to transform our town centre. This multi-million pound investment shows the Government’s commitment to build an even better Harlow. 

“The £20 million of levelling up funding will be used in line with the Council’s Town Centre Masterplan to transform Playhouse Square and College Square, delivering new live music and performance spaces, a contemporary bar and cafe to enhance the town’s nightlife, and new workshop spaces to deliver art exhibitions, a music school and community spaces, as well as upgrades to the Playhouse and a new gallery.

“Under this Conservative Government, Harlow has had investment like never before, truly worth hundreds of millions. We are regenerating our town for our residents, building an even better Harlow and making it a great place to live, work and grow up.”

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has welcomed the successful bids, saying, Through greater investment in local areas, we can grow the economy, create good jobs and spread opportunity everywhere.

“That’s why we are backing more than 100 projects with new transformational funding to level up local communities across the United Kingdom. By reaching even more parts of the country than before, we will build a future of optimism and pride in people’s lives and the places they call home.”

Michael Gove, Levelling Up Secretary, also commented,We are firing the starting gun on more than a hundred transformational projects in every corner of the UK that will revitalise communities that have historically been overlooked but are bursting with potential.

“This new funding will create jobs, drive economic growth, and help to restore local pride. We are delivering on the people’s priorities, levelling up across the UK to ensure that no matter where you are from, you can go as far as your talents will take you.”

Councillor Dan Swords, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Harlow Council who put forward the bid, added: “This is an historic day for Harlow signalling the end of our declining town centre with an almost £20 million investment, that, working with Robert Halfon MP, we have secured from the Government to genuinely transform Harlow’s town centre. This is delivering on our promise to completely regenerate the town centre with our masterplan.

“That’s why we bought the Harvey Centre and Occasio House just before Christmas, it’s why we’re delivering the £23.7 million Town Deal investment from the Government, it’s why we secured the £46 million investment from Strawberry Star: to truly transform our town centre into one that everyone in Harlow can be proud of with high-quality shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment offerings and with this investment – a new live music venue, an even better theatre and much more besides.

“It is the Harlow Conservatives and Robert Halfon MP that are delivering on the pledge to restore pride in our town centre with a once in a generation programme of regeneration.”

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12 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes successful £20 million bid for Playhouse Square:

2023-01-19 08:45:14

Wow all of that money yet not a penny being spent on our disgusting pot hole Harlow. Are we waiting for a tragic accident where someone has swerved to avoid one.Wake up someone at ECC.I have lived here since 1964 how badly times have changed.

Kim Oconnor
2023-01-19 09:34:47

Oh that's just great news. While the rest of Harlow falls apart.

2023-01-19 09:35:42

I agree! This town needs serious TLC. 'Building a better Harlow', it all looks very nice but why? It functions well as it is. Sort the roads FIRST! The roads are an eyesore but more importantly they are dangerous. I have lived here all my life- 63 years and never thought I'd say this town is embarrassing.

David Forman
2023-01-19 11:29:11

21st century facilities delivered by a Conservative administration. Changes take time to adjust to, but when people see the new buildings they will be delighted.

2023-01-19 11:47:12

Not a peep from the ' foot in mouth ' brigade, I'll wager that they're looking for an excuse to denigrate Robert Halfons efforts. Well done to our dedicated and hard working MP.

2023-01-19 13:58:50

Harlow could do with having its roads levelled up first. Pothole City!

Clare Harrison McCartney
2023-01-19 19:52:15

This is great news. Well done.

2023-01-19 23:19:19

Maybe what we need is a new harlow mp that doesnt talk bullshit and sort these roads out before somebody gets seriously hurt or killed Stop paying car tax and council tax and send the fines to the council or robert halfon

Luke Burton
2023-01-19 23:54:38

None of this investment matters without resolving issues like crime and disgusting anti-social behaviour. Any shiny new "cultural quarter" where The Playhouse is will remain a sh*thole despite the millions thrown in because the people that frequent it are delinquents.

Dancing Queen
2023-01-20 05:38:30

Oooohhhhhh dear stick up a couple of new buildings and think that makes everything that’s bad suddenly disappear OMG!!!! Still make things look pretty for the drunks, druggies, thugs, that will no doubt be dumped in Harlow from the surrounding councils as part of the funding deal

2023-01-20 17:05:12

Is this going to be like the New Hospital we haven't got

2023-01-20 22:31:18

Spot on William. The money could be better spent on going towards the promised new hospital. It's all very well spending on arts and Culture, but not when more urgent things are needed first.

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