Bath misses out.

The site of the new Fashion Museum

Earlier today l was reading on social media that my old home town of Weston super Mare had been successful in its bid for the Government’s levelling up funding.

Money it will spend on its Old Pier, the Tropicana and making the High Street more attractive to encourage shop lettings.

Now, in a press release from the office of Bath’s MR Wera Hobhouse, l am told our city did not fare as well. I had no idea it had even applied?

Ms Hobhouse said:

“I was very disappointed to learn that Bath & North East Somerset Council’s bid to secure levelling up funding for our city was unsuccessful. This was the second time Bath missed out. I know many MPs up and down the country are aggrieved with this Government’s uneven distribution of funding.

“B&NES Council’s visionary project to revitalise the internationally significant Bath Fashion Museum and develop a new location for its fashion collection at Locksbrook in collaboration with Bath Spa University will attract more visitors and create new jobs. I know a lot of hard work went into this bid and I share my colleagues’ and constituents’ disappointment.

“It seems curious that the South East received a disproportionate amount of money while the South West missed out. So far I have not seen any feedback as to why our bid failed. The Council is awaiting detailed feedback from the Government so that it can work out next steps.”

Reading that has got me wondering how this let down will affect plans for the establishing of a new Fashion Museum at the old Post Office site? To what extent was the council counting on that cash to kick-start this?

How many years will the scheme have to now be put back?

See if l can find out more.