Ipswich Borough Council bitterly disappointed at Government’s Levelling Up decision

Published19th January 2023

The Government has announced that it will not be supporting Ipswich Borough Council’s Levelling Up bid. The £18 million funding was needed to support the development of the Council’s ‘Get Ipswich Active’ ambitions, funding which would have helped boost the economic recovery of Ipswich.

The funding would have enabled the regeneration of the Broomhill Lido to finally go ahead as well as the development of a new Sports, Athletics and Gymnastics Centre at Gainsborough.

The Government’s decision places the future of both these projects in doubt.

Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, says:

“The Council is bitterly disappointed that the Government has turned down our Levelling Up bid. The bid would have enabled Broomhill Lido to have been brought back to life and a new Sports, Athletics and Gymnastics Centre to have been developed at Gainsborough.

We and our partners will now need to review the viability of both these projects. While we won’t rush into any decisions, there is no disguising that this is a significant setback.

It is doubly disappointing that Suffolk County Council’s Ipswich-focused Levelling Up Bid has also been refused by the Government.”