We’re getting building as part of our economic recovery from COVID-19

As the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth I know that Essex businesses are amazingly resilient and creative. But I also know that the pandemic has taken its toll on them.

So I am delighted that Essex has secured a £26 million shot in the arm from the Government’s new Getting Building Fund for ‘shovel-ready’ schemes to boost jobs and a green recovery.

The funding is part of an £85 million package for infrastructure schemes awarded to South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

We’re targeting the funds to areas and industries hardest hit by the pandemic and sectors that will most help the economy to bounce back.

For example, a new covered market in Jaywick Sands with 20 pitches and 13 light industrial office spaces will provide affordable work-spaces, create jobs and provide better access to fresh food.

A new bike scheme and cycle path between Jaywick and Clacton will make it easier for people to get to jobs or courses in Clacton and keep fit at the same time.

These schemes will create more than 200 jobs and bring £4.3 million of funding to Jaywick.

In Harlow, £6 million of funding will create over 1,600 jobs and support a new generation of learners and entrepreneurs.

Harlow College will have a new T-levels centre where students can get technical qualifications to get on the career ladder.

Harlow library will be refurbished to provide an expanded library and adult learning centre and free up the former ACL site for potential housing. And more than 7,500 square metres of new units and a business incubator at Harlow Science and Innovation Park will help life sciences and tech businesses to grow and thrive.

There are similar exciting schemes all across the county. The full list of Essex schemes is published by SELEP.

Let’s get building!