Ho­tel chain calls on author­i­ties for re­gen­er­a­tion part­ner­ship

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Your Views -

A BUD­GET ho­tel chain has writ­ten to Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil to sug­gest an in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship to sup­port re­gen­er­a­tion.

The let­ter ad­dressed to lo­cal author­i­ties in Hal­ton, Liver­pool and Sefton.

Dur­ing the last three years, Travelodge has com­pleted seven lo­cal author­ity de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship deals.

A Travelodge spokesman said th­ese be­spoke agree­ments have had unique fund­ing struc­tures, all of which have en­abled lo­cal author­i­ties to utilise their ex­ist­ing as­sets, cre­ate jobs, gen­er­ate in­come, and help to re­gen­er­ate land in strate­gi­cally im­por­tant lo­ca­tions.

Ho­tels in the pro­gramme are built on sur­plus lo­cal author­ity land, with the fund­ing pro­vided ei­ther through the lo­cal author­ity’s in­ter­nal re­source or via low-cost fund­ing from the Pub­lic Works Loan Board or third party re­sources.

Travelodge chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­ter Gow­ers said: “More and more lo­cal author­i­ties are un­der pres­sure to find ways to help re­gen­er­ate their his­toric town cen­tres and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Adding a low-cost ho­tel like Travelodge is an in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive choice, as it draws visi­tors, cre­ates jobs and helps boost the lo­cal econ­omy.

“We are look­ing for more sites to drive our ex­pan­sion pro­gramme and to­day we are writ­ing to more than 200 other lo­cal author­i­ties, to in­vite them to con­sider how Travelodge can act as a cat­a­lyst to drive their lo­cal de­vel­op­ment agenda.”

Travelodge is sug­gest­ing an in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship to sup­port re­gen­er­a­tion

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