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Council remains committed to supporting business space in Leek

The deputy leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has said creating new accommodation for start-up and growing businesses and regenerating Leek's empty mills remains a priority despite not securing a funding bid for London Mill.

A bid for £2.4 million was rejected by the Government after changes were made to the funding criteria following the EU referendum last summer.

Councillor Arthur Forrester, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: ''Whilst this is obviously disappointing news it does not lessen our resolve to see Leek's economy grow and to support mill regeneration - these mill buildings are an important part of our heritage and we remain committed to finding modern, appropriate uses for them which will see them occupied once again.

''We will continue to work with the owners and developers on the way forward as we seek to ensure these buildings fulfil their potential in the future.

''In the meantime, we will keep working with the university and the Stoke and Staffordshire growth hub to support local businesses across the Moorlands.''