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Gateway funds to close

PUBLISHED: 17:18 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

MONEY earmarked for the Thames Gateway project three years ago has fallen through leaving 15 projects without secure funding. A long list of ambitious projects, including several in Dartford and Northfleet, may not get underway because funding has only

MONEY earmarked for the Thames Gateway project three years ago has fallen through leaving 15 projects without secure funding.

A long list of ambitious projects, including several in Dartford and Northfleet, may not get underway because funding has only been guaranteed for 135 of 150 projects.

A review looked at 41 projects, identified in 2007 for funding in the current period (2008-11), which still had not received any money.

Eighteen were identified as a low priority for funding, 10 as a medium priority and 16 as a high priority.

Work at Northfleet Station and studies into the development of Swanscombe Peninsula were considered "low strategic priorities".

In the medium category were

projects at Dartford Creek Capital Works and Northfleet Embankment.

High priorities were identified as the development of Dartford station the surrounding area.

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) bosses claim they chose the projects which could be delivered quickly, between now and March 31, 2011, and which had "the highest strategic importance".

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