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Dartford MP praises £4.3million investment bid for town centre

PUBLISHED: 16:18 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:54 03 August 2016

Dartford town centre might get a Mary Portas make over

Dartford town centre might get a Mary Portas make over

Dartford town council

The money could go on local business and housing development

Dartford’s town centre is at the centre of a bid to secure a share of a £70million investment from central government coffers.

If the bid were approved, Dartford’s town centre could see £4.3m worth of investment, a move praised by MP Gareth Johnson.

The Conservative MP said: “A number of Kent MPs and myself have endorsed this bid for quite significant sums from the Local Growth Fund.

“There are now proposals to develop Lowfield Street and so it would be an ideal time to see investment in the whole town centre from this fund.”

Lowfield Street was purchased by Meyer Homes from Tesco in October, after the supermarket chain scrapped plans to build a store there.

This proposed bid is aimed at supporting commercial and housing growth.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership has applied to the government for a total of 41 schemes, 18 of which are in Kent and Medway.

It hopes the funding from government would unlock further investment from the private sector.

Outlining its bid, SELEP claimed the economic performance of Dartford would improve by ‘at least 25 per cent, through transportation and public realm improvements’.

The bid suggests more than 3,500 homes could be built, and more than 1,800 jobs created in Dartford alone.

Christian Brodie, chairman of SELEP, said: “Sitting between mainland Europe and the rest of the UK, our area is perfectly placed to deliver for the country as a whole. The bid is timely as it will ensure we have a strong economy as we move towards our new relationship with Europe.”

A decision on the bid is expected before the Autumn Statement in December.

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