A new leisure and cultural hub for Farnborough looks set to go ahead after Rushmoor Borough Council secured £20 million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The new hub will form part of the wider regeneration plans to create a new civic quarter. The award is one of 111 which will share £2.1 billion from the second round of the Levelling Up Fund and is the full amount the council bid for.

Cllr Martin Tennant, cabinet member for major projects and property at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “This is an amazing start to 2023. We are absolutely thrilled to have received the £20m from the Government. It’s now full steam ahead with our plans for the leisure and cultural hub, which we know our residents and local businesses are so keen to see.”

The council envisages new leisure facilities alongside library, cultural and community spaces, including a play area, skate park and parking.

Council leader Cllr David Clifford said: “We are delighted that in awarding us the full amount, the Government acknowledged that we had submitted a strong bid and we are grateful for their confidence in our proposals. We also really appreciate the support of our local MP, Leo Docherty, in making a strong case for Farnborough.”

The £20 million is around half the total needed and the council will now start to design the scheme and set out remaining funding issues.

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