The pandemic has hit everyone hard from those who sadly lost their lives to those who have seen their lives, jobs and businesses hugely disrupted.
In response, the Conservative Government has rolled out the vaccination programme as fast as possible, including in Lincoln, to ensure that life can get back to normal.
With respect to Lincoln and the help to “Build Back Better”, there has also been significant investment into the City. This includes:
- £19 million from the Conservative Government’s Towns Fund deals announced in the 2021 Budget
- £3.4 million to support the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park (Phase 2)
- £3 million to support local churches and the arts as part of the Covid-19 Culture Recovery Fund
- £1.3 million for the Centre for Innovation in Rural Health
- £1 million cash to revamp the High Street end of Cornhill
- £87,000 from the Conservative Government’s Welcome Back Fund to help local high streets reopen and attract shoppers and tourists.
Some of the recent developments include:
- The official “groundbreaking” event in June for ‘The Bridge’ Advanced Engineering Research and Development facility at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus
- A £10m funding package to begin developing the next stage of Lincoln Science & Innovation Park. The funding will accelerate the development of the second phase of the Park, doubling its current seven-acre, city-centre site. It will offer premises to growing companies as well as bespoke buildings for sole occupancy by medium and large knowledge-intensive businesses
- Large investment into Lincoln’s arts and heritage Covid-19 Culture Recovery Fund including £53,760 for The Engine Shed on top of previous support including £974,000 for Lincoln Cathedral, £600,000 for the New Royal Lincoln Theatre and £153,000 for the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
Karl said “The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for so many. While the priority has been to keep people safe, roll the vaccinations out and save as many jobs – the need to plan for a post-Covid Lincoln has been vital. I am pleased that the Conservative Government has recognised this, and has provided significant investment to enable the City to Build Back Better."