Friday 07th May 2021,
North Yorks Enquirer

ARGOS Sinks?

ARGOS Sinks?

  • an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on the likely demise of the ARGOS project.

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If a report in yesterday’s Guardian can be relied upon (which is not necessarily a given), it would appear that SBC Leader Councillor Steve SIDDONS will be lamenting the sinking of his ‘flagship’ project, the demolition of the former ARGOS building to make way for 210 accommodation ‘boxes’ for Coventry University students and NHS student nurses.

The Rt.Hon. Robert JENRICK, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, has announced a list totalling 72 towns to receive grant funding of up to £25 Million from the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF).

Scarborough is not one of them.

The announcement thus nullifies the raison d’être of the ARGOS project even before the Planning Committee has an opportunity to consign it to its rightful destination – the trash can.

  1. Tamworth £21,652,555
  2. Sunderland £25,000,000
  3. Sutton £11,346,704
  4. Bishop Auckland £19,856,853
  5. Blyth £11,121,059
  6. Kidderminster £20,510,598
  7. Old Kent Road, Southwark £9,605,854
  8. Swindon £25,000,000
  9. Stockport £14,500,000
  10. Winsford £9,980,000
  11. Sheffield £15,817,001
  12. Blackfriars, Worcester £17,939,000
  13. Birkenhead £24,581,011
  14. Brierley Hill £9,985,689
  15. Stretford £17,605,674

A further 57 places will receive provisional funding offers:

  1. Leamington Spa £10,015,121
  2. Nuneaton £13,362,736
  3. Wolverhampton £15,760,196
  4. Walsall £11,439,967
  5. Newcastle-under-Lyme £11,048,260
  6. Stafford £14,377,723
  7. Tottenham £10,019,648
  8. Woolwich £17,150,964
  9. Wealdstone £7,448,583
  10. Putney £1,058,706
  11. Elland £6,310,812
  12. Northallerton £6,085,013
  13. Rotherham £12,660,708
  14. Halifax £11,762,823
  15. Barnsley £15,624,456
  16. Scunthorpe £10,675,323
  17. New Ferry, Wirral – £3,213,523
  18. Wigan £16,633,691
  19. Crewe £14,148,128
  20. Rochdale £17,080,458
  21. Farnworth, Bolton £13,306,817
  22. Oldham £10,750,237
  23. Kirkham, Fylde – £6,290,831
  24. Maryport, Allerdale – £11,527,839
  25. Carlisle £9,129,874
  26. Plymouth £12,046,873
  27. Barnstable £6,548,876
  28. Newton Abbot £9,199,364
  29. Paignton £13,363,248
  30. Kingswood £12,555,464
  31. Salisbury £9,355,731
  32. Penzance £10,403, 112
  33. Trowbridge £16,347,056
  34. Yeovil £9,756,897
  35. Taunton £13,962,981
  36. Loftus £5,833,628
  37. Middlesbrough £14,170,352
  38. Stockton £16,543,812
  39. South Shields £5,959,187
  40. Derby, St Peters Cross £15,034,398
  41. Sutton-in-Ashfield £6,279,872
  42. Grantham £5,558,818
  43. Grimsby £17,280,917
  44. Nottingham, West End Point £12,523,981
  45. Heanor £8,592,837
  46. Northampton £8,442,730
  47. Buxton £6,608,223
  48. Dover £3,202,226
  49. Newhaven £5,004,939
  50. Chatham £9,497,720
  51. Ramsgate £2,704,213
  52. Commercial Road, Portsmouth £3,122,375
  53. Fratton, Portsmouth £3,858,489
  54. High Wycombe £11,886,876
  55. St Neots £3,748,815
  56. March, Fenland £6,447,129
  57. Great Yarmouth £13,774,430

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