Towns Fund Minister Luke Hall MP visited Flag Lane Baths in Crewe today following the announcement that the regeneration of the baths is one of a series of community projects that will be funded by the Crewe Town Deal. The Minister joined Crewe & Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan and met with the team from the Always Ahead Charity behind the proposal including Chief Executive Rev David Edwards, Chair Sheron Ferguson and Campaign Committee Chair Andy Morris alongside Town Board Chair Doug Kinsman and local officials and councillors.
Last week it was announced that Crewe would receive £22.9 million of funding from the governments £3.6 billion fund investment in towns as part of the government’s plan to level up the regions.
Speaking after the visit Minister Hall commented “It is great to have had the chance to visit the baths and hear first hand from Rev David Edwards and Kieran what a huge opportunity this is and the difference the funding is going to make. “
“This is a magnificent building and David and his whole team have put a huge amount of time and effort into writing clear plans for getting it back into community use. It is a great example of the kind of things we want the Towns Fund to be doing and I congratulate David, Kieran, the Town Board Chair Doug, the whole team for putting forward such positive ideas for how to level up Crewe.”
“This Conservative government wants to deliver for communities that have lost out to some of the big cities for too long and Kieran is constantly putting pressure on Ministers like me to make sure we deliver.”
Commenting Kieran said “There are no better ambassadors and no one has worked harder for this project than David, Sheron and Andy and the team and that is exactly why I wanted the Minister to get the chance to hear straight from them about their vision and ambition for Flag Lane Baths. Of course what you need to deliver these projects is funding and the government is putting that in for this project alongside lots of other projects which will help Crewe build back better. It will also help create jobs and opportunities locally. I was elected by people who want to see change for Crewe and this government is determined to deliver this and so am I.”
Kieran campaigned for Crewe to get one of the government’s Town Deals, bringing the then Minister Jake Berry MP to the town in 2019 to highlight its challenges and need for investment. Kieran has since spent the past 12 months working with the Crewe Town Board to develop the investment plan that received funding.