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More than 1,700 jobs are expected to be created in East Sussex thanks to a £5.7 million funding boost from the Governments Growth deal funding scheme. Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hailsham will benefit from the expansion of the scheme.

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The latest funding includes £2.6 million to improve road links to the new business park currently being created in Bexhill, close to the Bexhill to Hastings link road site which will also open up land for the development of 400 new homes.

In Eastbourne £1.7 million will be provided for site infrastructure in the development of the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park.

In Hailsham £1.4 million will be used to construct a junction and access road linking the A22 with the new Shallow Business Park which is set to provide 15,000 sq m employment space.

The cash boost, to be delivered between 2016 and 2021, is part of a £46.1 million investment resulting from a successful bid for Growth Deal funding by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Growth deals which are aimed at boasting economic development , are agreed by the Government with local enterprise partnerships across the country.