Ipswich Star reports: Suffolk MPs and councillors have spoken of their “bitter disappointment” after the county missed out on millions of pounds of Government Levelling Up funding, meaning vital regeneration projects could have to be scrapped.
Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere said: “The council is bitterly disappointed that the Government has turned down our Levelling Up bid.
“The bid would have enabled Broomhill Lido to have been brought back to life and a new sports, athletics and gymnastics centre to have been developed at Gainsborough.
“We and our partners will now need to review the viability of both these projects. While we won’t rush into any decisions, there is no disguising that this is a significant setback.
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt pledged to work with fellow Suffolk MP Dan Poulter, who represents Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, to look for other opportunities for funding for Broomhill lido.
Jack Abbott, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Ipswich, said: “This is a real hammer blow for Ipswich and has put these crucial projects at risk.
“It is yet another example of the town’s current MPs failing to deliver – the Conservatives treat Ipswich as a complete afterthought.