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Lanarkshire politicians' 'disappointment' at Levelling Up funding rejections

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Monklands politicians have hit out after funding bids for major development projects in both Airdrie and Coatbridge were rejected.North Lanarkshire Council had submitted a total of four applications to the UK government’s Levelling Up fund, but did not receive any financial support for either their residential plans for Airdrie town centre or proposals to create a Coatbridge visitor gateway centred on Summerlee museum.Council leader Jim Logue and respective constituency MPs Anum Qaisar and Steven Bonnar all said they were “extremely disappointed” that the two bids were turned down, saying the regeneration projects would have had a major positive impact on the local economy.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Unsuccessful bids were submitted to the £2bn UK-wide fund for redeveloping derelict and obsolete buildings in Airdrie town centre into homes and community spaces; and for the gateway developments at Coatbridge’s industrial museum and nearby Bank Street basin.Airdrie Central representative Councillor Logue said the financial support “would have created opportunities for employment and significantly improved the local economy” and said: “I would ask the UK government either to reconsider their decisions or to deliver a third round of funding.“The money for Airdrie would have been used to repurpose

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