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Regional Planning and Development: Canvey Island

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme; when the scheme will be concluded; what the cost of the scheme is estimated to be; and what the sources of funding for the scheme are. (203634)

The Canvey Seafront improvements scheme is a package of measures to enhance the quality of the public realm along the sea front of Canvey Island. Along with master planning other measures include the construction of public toilets, a bandstand, cycle stands, improvements to a children's paddling pool area and seating. The funding source is the Thames Gateway Programme and CLG allocated £1.5 million to the East of England Development Agency to carry out the project. The scheme is due to be completed by end of May 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of the cost of the production of a Canvey town centre master plan will be met by her Department; what the terms of reference for the production of the plan are; and if she will make a statement. (203641)

Castle Point borough council has been given an indicative allocation of £2.3 million capital funding from the CLG Thames Gateway programme to take forward the regeneration of Castle Point. The borough council has earmarked around £750,000 for projects in the Canvey Island town centre. Of this CLG funding, £50,000 will be spent on masterplanning the town centre, to match a similar sum the council is seeking from other sources. It will then be for the borough council to draw up terms of reference for the master plan work. All projects will be required to undergo full appraisal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding allocated by her Department for the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership is planned to be spent on. (203643)

Through the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan, published in November 2007, CLG has allocated an indicative amount of £2,300,000 capital funding to Castle Point borough council to take forward the regeneration of Castle Point. Projects will focus on the Hadleigh and Canvey Island town centres and improvements to the Charfleets Industrial Estate, and will be required to undergo full appraisal. These projects are contained in the draft regeneration framework, which was prepared by the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Castle Point borough council on gap funding for the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme; and if she will make a statement. (204597)

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government received an expression of interest from Castle Point borough council in July 2007 for additional funding of £582,000 for the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme as part of the process of drawing up the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan for 2008-11. This was additional to a number of other expressions of interest they made for other projects. Following an evaluation of the submissions received for projects across the Gateway, an indicative allocation of £2,300,000 was made to Castle Point borough council for projects in support of the regeneration of the borough's town centres and industrial estates.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects were completed in Castle Point constituency by the Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership in each of the last five years; and what funding was provided for the Thames Gateway in each of those years. (203710)

Two CLG funded projects have been completed in the last five years in Castle Point. These are the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme and the Canvey Wick Biodiversity Reserve. EEDA have delivered the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme and spent £390,000 in 2005-06, £106,446 in 2006-07 and £652,990 in 2007-08. The Land Restoration Trust spent £35,000 on the Canvey Wick Biodiversity Reserve project.