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Sheffield’s successful £37m Levelling Up funding bid met with mixed reaction


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Sheffield has been allocated £37m in Levelling Up funding, Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday.

Two projects based in the city were each awarded millions in the Autumn Budget.

Sharing the news on Twitter, Sheffield City Council said: “We welcome the Government’s Levelling Up funding of £20m for Castlegate and £17m for Attercliffe to unlock their full potential – transforming under-used areas, celebrating heritage and creating new cultural hubs, housing, jobs and investment opportunities.”

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The funding was also warmly welcomed by The Friends of Sheffield Castle group.

Martin Gorman, Chair of the group, said: “We are delighted to let you know that the Council have been successful in their bid for funding under the Governments Levelling Up bid, and have secured £20m towards the future of the site.

“£15m of the fund will be allocated to the Castle site and this will allow for further archaeological investigations, interpretation of the remains, routeways through the site, de-culverting of the River Sheaf and creation of open space on the site.

“On the fringes of the site, areas will be made ready for future development, the scale and design to be determined later.”

Mr Gorman congratulated the team who worked on the successful bid.

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“It now means we can at last start turning the site into something we can all be proud of, celebrating the history of Sheffield and revealing our long lost Castle,” he added.

But the funding has also been met with some criticism.

Speaking to ITV Calendar, South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis welcomed the money allocated for the region but said “It is a relatively small amount of money”, compared to previous funding arrangements.

Some Twitter users also questioned the allocation of the funding.

Responding to Sheffield Council’s announcement, one man said: “20m would build a lot of social housing.”

“It’s going to get wasted on crap most people don’t want,” added another user.

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