Rotherham will benefit from more than £67 million in total from Sheffield City Region funding to help the economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the next 12 months there are multiple schemes taking place or already underway in Rotherham, with a large focus on the leisure and entertainment industry in the borough.
Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said: “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. That’s why local leaders and I are rewriting the rule book, using powers and resources secured from Westminster to invest in Rotherham’s people, businesses and town centres and high streets.
Plans for ‘Forge Island’ are already underway which will be a new leisure destination that is in the heart of Rotherham, it is said to be at the centre of the ‘Town Centre Masterplan’.
Situated on a riverside location that includes a cinema, hotel, food and drinks outlets, and a car park as well.
Mr Jarvis said: “We’ve started to make Rotherham an even better place to live, work and invest and we believe that our best days lie ahead”.
As well as this, 171 new homes are being built in multiple locations as part of a £30 million investment scheme underway, 75% of these homes are ‘affordable houses’ and they are expected to be done by summer 2022.
- Westgate Riverside – 72 homes
- Millfold Rise – 45 homes
- Wellgate Place – 54 homes
Councillor Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Council said: “I am delighted that we have agreement in principle for this significant cash injection for our borough which will contribute towards a wide range of existing schemes, including our ambitious town centre regeneration”.
‘Forge Island Flood Defence’ will continue to run with an additional £2 million added which bring the total up to £24 million.
Rotherham Interchange (where 17 million people travel through a year) is undergoing a £12 million refurbishment including new seating, lighting, information, CCTV, WIFI and flooring.
42 more office units, where individuals can book their own office space for the day, are being constructed to help new business’ thrive in Manvers.
Many roads are being upgraded and green spaces made throughout the whole of Rotherham to make it a greener and cleaner city, exciting times lay ahead to those living in Rotherham.