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Funding to the city for appraisal work

SOUTHERN Gateway and Northgate are the two areas in the city which will receive a share of government funding to a West Sussex programme.


Government funding worth £180,000 has given an additional boost to the One Public Estate West Sussex programme, designed to transform local communities and provide better public services.


It’s on top of £640,000 already received from the Government since 2017. Led by West Sussex County Council, One Public Estate (OPE) West Sussex brings together 23 public sector organisations to work together to look at how their collective assets can be used more efficiently and effectively.


The ultimate aim is to improve services for residents and ensure best value for money for taxpayers.


Partners involved include district and borough councils, organisations from across the health sector, police, ambulance and fire and rescue


The latest round of funding awarded will go towards feasibility/development appraisal works in Chichester and also Burgess Hill and Shoreham.


County council leader Louise Goldsmith said: “I’m delighted that the OPE West Sussex programme has yet again been successful in securing revenue funding from Government to support the development of collaborative projects.


“This continues to demonstrate the success of the partnership and the countywide commitment across the public sector to delivering the wider benefits OPE can bring for residents, communities and services.”


The OPE programme is a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association.


The aim is to improve public services while rationalising the public estate so there is a reduction in the amount of money spent on buildings by the public sector.


The programme will also help free up land for the development of housing, commercial and employment space to help support local economic growth.


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