PLANS for a fish park at Fleetwood have been given a £2.5 million boost after the Prime Minister announced new funds would be allocated to the project.
The money, from the Regional Growth Fund, will help Reform Energy’s proposal to develop land into the fish park and create an adjacent energy recovery plant.
A similar project has been working successfully in Grimsby for the past three years.
David Cameron said: ‘Our long-term economic plan has already helped create 1.75 million new jobs and this investment will lead to more jobs and growth.
‘Conservatives including Eric Ollerenshaw [the local MP] are backing businesses to create more jobs meaning more people in Fleetwood taking home a pay packet each month and being able to provide for their families.’
Ollerenshaw said the scheme could eventually become the ‘Billingsgate of the north’, creating more than 150 new jobs.
‘I am delighted at this news,’ he said. ‘The idea of regenerating Fleetwood and the fish processing industry with a fish park has been around for a while.
‘I am really proud to have played my part in getting this money on the table to finally get this project started and my thanks to Reform Energy and Wyre Council for their work in supporting and designing this successful bid.
‘This is another vote of confidence in the future of our town.’
Local Government minister Penny Mordaunt said: ‘I think there’s obviously a tremendous history with trawling and all the industry that comes from the fishing industry here and we really want to see a renaissance to really unlock the potential for this site to really upgrade its fish processing facilities.’