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Gove visits region to announce £118 million 'levelling up' cash

The West Midlands is to get £118 million from the Government's 'levelling up' fund following the announcement of the third wave of schemes.

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Michael Gove is shown around the Stafford Station Gateway site by Councillor Aidan Godfrey, leader of Stafford Borough Council, Theo Clarke MP, council chief executive Tim Clegg, and Staffordshire County Council deputy council leader Philip White

Dudley borough is the biggest recipient, securing £40 million for two college developments, while Wolverhampton, Stafford and Birmingham will get £20 million each. A further £18 million is being made available for a brownfield housing scheme in Smethwick.

Announcing the latest round of funding at the site of the Stafford Station Gateway project in Doxey, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said the money would be used to support thousands of high-skilled, well-paid jobs in the region.

Mr Gove described the plans to redevelop the former Universal Grinding Wheels site close to Stafford Railway Station, and Dudley College's proposals for a green technology centre in Brierley Hill as the 'stand-out' schemes in the region.

In Halesowen, Pool Road Car Park will be demolished to make way for a new Halesowen College building providing vocational training and adult education courses.

An artist's impression of the proposed new Green Innovation Corridor in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton will get a 'Green Innovation Corridor' along a stretch of canal between Wolverhampton University's Springfield Campus and the city's science park off Stafford Road.

Sandwell Council will receive £18 million to redevelop brownfield land in Grove Lane, Smethwick, for housing.

A further £20 million has been earmarked for the National Centre for the Decarbonisation of Heat at Birmingham University. The project will look at developing new technologies to reduce carbon emissions from heating systems.

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