By Andrew Topping, Local Democracy Reporter
Mansfield District Council will spend more than £100,000 hiring two new staff to help deliver its regeneration plans for the town.
The two roles will become part of the council’s regeneration team that will spend more than £12 million of Government funding to deliver “transformational change” to the district.
The council was awarded £12.3 million from the Government’s Towns Fund, for six major schemes.
They include a new sports facility in Warsop, a ‘tech and business hub’ in Mansfield Woodhouse, improvements to parks, a service hub in the town centre, and a ‘skills and tech hub’ at West Nottinghamshire College.
The two new posts – both 24-month contracts – were approved during a delegated decision by the chief executive this week.
They are a temporary regeneration programme and projects manager and a graduate regeneration officer, who will together cost a maximum of £106,530.24 annually.
Within this funding is £81,748 in salaries – £60,000 for the management role and £21,748 for the graduate post.
This comes alongside £15.940.86 in pension fees and £8,841.38 in national insurance contributions over the 24-month contracts.
Mike Robinson, strategic director at the council, said: “The new posts … will enable the team to successfully deliver the [Towns Fund] projects.
“In addition, the increased capacity will improve our ability to secure future regeneration funds for other new and emerging town centre and district-wide regeneration projects.
“Ultimately, this will help the town centre redevelopment and improve employment and leisure opportunities for local people.
“This is an exciting time for Mansfield with over £13m secured so far for a range of leisure, commercial, skills and marketing projects.”
The new roles will also be used to secure future regeneration funding, including from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.
The funding will help develop the Town Centre Masterplan for Mansfield, that was first outlined in 2019.