A major £316m investment into Doncaster is set to stimulate job creation, skills and town centre regeneration.
The funding is part of the Council’s Capital Programme announced by mayor Ros Jones and will also provide support for the disabled and elderly.
Doncaster Council is also delivering a number of ‘invest to save’ projects, with new equipment and technology helping to improve services and reduce annual running costs, in order to minimise the impact of government cuts.
Jones said: “Everyone knows about the deep government cuts to our revenue budget, which has vastly reduced the money we have to spend running public services every year.
“However, we will not allow those cuts to take Doncaster backwards, so we have worked hard to create a Capital Programme that enables us to invest in the borough and its future.
“This programme isn’t just about the future though. Our plans will also deliver real improvements for people straight away, including thousands of home adaptations to support the elderly and disabled, and improvements to grass cutting, street cleaning and street lighting.”
The budget includes:
An estimated £18.3m investment in the National College for High Speed Rail over the next two years, following the start of construction in the Spring
£9.1m invested in phase two of the FARRRS project, which will unlock 395,000m2 of commercial development space at Doncaster Sheffield airport
Town Centre regeneration projects including improvements at Doncaster Market, the civic and cultural quarter, and around the railway station utilising money from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF)
330 new primary school places are estimated to be created over the next year following an investment of £3.9m, while there will be improvement works in 32 schools
An estimated 1,200 housing adaptations for the disabled will be completed each year of the budget, with an estimated total funding package of £11.2m
60 and 80 places created at an extra care facility for the elderly, achieved by working with housing partners and investing £2m
Widespread improvements to council housing are proposed, with the £14.9m Affordable Housing building programme set to create 140 council-owned affordable units over the next four years
A £5.2m investment in thermal efficiency, completing a three–year programme which will result in improvements to 1,660 council properties
A further £17m will be spent on improving and maintaining the existing housing stock, with the 201617 focus on improvements to communal areas, heating upgrades and refurbishment of void properties
Additional investment will be made in the borough’s public leisure centres, with £2.1m earmarked for maintenance and system replacement works, mainly at Adwick, Dearne Valley and the Dome
There will also be a £1m investment in refurbishing the roof and façade of the Grade II* Listed Corn Exchange at Doncaster Market
The capital investment programme is part of the Mayor’s budget proposal and will be voted on by council members on 1st March 2016.