D-Day as council leaders lobby for multi-million pound deal to transform city

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Jul 2018

Council leaders are in London today hoping to pave the way for a multi-million pound boost for Hull's economy.

They are aiming to secure a so-called City Deal for Hull featuring devolved long-term powers and funding from Whitehall.

Last week ministers signed off a similar deal for Grimsby worth £60m.

But Hull is lobbying for a much bigger funding agreement to help deliver a range of projects, from the proposed cruise ship terminal next to The Deep to a £45m transformation of run-down industrial areas along the River Hull.

The Hull City Deal prospectus being delivered to the government today

They are also looking for around £18m to close an estimated funding gap on the £130m Albion Square development in the city centre.

City council leader Steve Brady is part of today's delegation meeting Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry.

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He said: "Ministers very keen on areas coming forward with their proposals rather than waiting for for the government to give them amounts of money.

"That's what we are doing. We know what needs to be done and where and I am confident we are going to get a good reception."

Albion Square is next on the council's spending list

Cllr Brady said he did not expect any immediate agreement today.

But he added: "I am optimistic the plan we have got is a good one and I would be very surprised if we get a negative response.

"Our officers have been working quietly on this with the civil servants for the last 18 months, ensuring we are all singing from the same hymn sheet.

"I don't think anything should come as a surprise to them because we have been fairly consistent on what we are asking for and the reasons behind what we want to do."

Read more: Plans reveal how derelict Hull city centre site is set to be transformed

He said recent success in securing a government grant to buy the former Clarence Mill site next to Drypool Bridge for new housing was a signal of growing trust.

"We have built up a great track record for delivery, Clarence Mill being a good example.

"They want cities to deliver and Hull can do that."

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