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A board of Warrington’s business, community and political leaders have met to discuss an ambitious funding bid of up to £25 million as part of the government’s Towns Fund initiative.
The Warrington Town Deal board has been set up to identify areas where a compelling case for funding can be put forward to contribute to, and complement, the work already being delivered to regenerate the town.
In September 2019, the government invited 101 places – including Warrington - to bring forward proposals for a Town Deal as part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund. Part of the bid process requires Warrington’s Town Deal board to produce an investment plan to detail its ambitions and areas where funding would be welcomed.
The objectives of the Towns Fund are to support regeneration through:
Warrington’s board is therefore focusing on projects and proposals that will drive long-term prosperity for the town centre. As part of the funding bid, the Town Deal board is considering how funding could be used for:
Over the coming months, these key themes and areas will be explored in more detail as part of a rigorous engagement programme.
Chair of the Warrington Town Deal board, Matt Crompton, MD Muse Developments, said: “This is an opportunity for Warrington to stake its claim and bid for funding to give the town centre another welcome boost.
“There is an exciting amount of regeneration and economic investment in Warrington at the moment, with shared ambitions between business and community leaders to make the town even better for those who live and work here.
“The chance to receive further funding from government through the Towns Fund, helping to deliver schemes to make Warrington even more successful, is something that we cannot pass up.”
Warrington Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Prof Steven Broomhead, who is also vice chair of the board, added: “Warrington’s Town Deal board has only met once but we have already made positive steps forward.
“It’s clear that despite the collective work being done to improve the town centre, there is still more for us to achieve. Being successful in receiving funding to support our continued regeneration and development is, therefore, a shared commitment for all of the board’s members.
“Whilst we believe the key themes and areas we have identified need further exploration, it’s essential we hear from those who live, work and visit Warrington, to gather views that will help shape the thrust of our bid. We’ll be meeting with identified stakeholders for various focus groups but any ideas are welcome – nothing is off the table!”
You can share your views and suggestions for how money should be invested in Warrington by visiting mytown.communities.gov.uk/town/warrington/