SUNDERLAND’S three MPs have welcomed today’s City Deal announcement.
Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central, said: “This is great news for the people of Sunderland, the bridge and the other associated road improvements have been needed for a long time.
“This money means that work can start on the building of the new bridge which will open up many opportunities for our city. I am delighted.”
Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, added: “Devolving powers and funding to local areas is always welcome, as are any measures to create jobs and training opportunities for my constituents.
“I’m looking forward to discussing with the council and local businesses how we can use this new status and the funding attached to really drive economic development in the city.”
Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, said: “I’m delighted this investment has been given the go ahead. The development of the manufacturing park will bring jobs and growth to our city and will build on our proud manufacturing success.”
Paul Woolston, chairman of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The park will provide the location and agglomeration benefits needed to compete globally in a competitive manufacturing environment.
“We’re delighted that the bid has been successful and it means that the North East Local Enterprise Partnership area is now the only area to host two city deals.”
The deal will see Sunderland and South Tyneside working with the Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland Combined Authority.
Chairman of the North East Leadership Board – the group behind the bid for a Combined Authority representing councils serving the area – is Durham County Council leader, Councillor Simon Henig. He said: “This deal will provide a solid building block for the development of the skills and infrastructure which are vital to provide sustained economic growth and job creation for the wider area.”
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, also welcomed the announcement said: “It’s excellent news for the region and will place Sunderland and South Tyneside at the forefront of advanced manufacturing industry.”