Colne Valley Tory MP Jason McCartney has welcomed surprise funding in the Budget for a multi-million pound project to restore a derelict former textile mill in Marsden.

The scheme for New Mills – known locally as Crowther’s Mill in Brougham Road – had been rejected for cash under the Government’s Levelling Up Fund back in January.

However, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled an extra £200 million of spending on regeneration projects in Wednesday’s Budget.

Mr Hunt has pledged £5.6 million for a public-private sector regeneration which will see the Marsden mill turned into a retail, office and apartments complex.

Mr McCartney, who worked closely with Kirklees Council director for regeneration David Shepherd and town centres chief Simon Taylor, welcomed the investment.

He said: “Having seen what can be done with Globe Mills in Slaithwaite, which also received Government cash, I’ve had this (same) vision for New Mills in Marsden.

“I’d like to thank David Shepherd and Simon Taylor at the council for believing we can do this and to Mike Haigh and the Crowther family for their vision too.

“The hard work starts now as we work to deliver a regeneration project the community of Marsden can be proud of.

“Alongside the £11.5 billion TransPennine Route Upgrade, which will see brand new stations in Marsden and Slaithwaite, the roll-out of gigabit broadband and the soon-to-be-open new A&E unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, there are many exciting investment projects happening in our wonderful part of Yorkshire.”