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Warrington has submitted a pioneering and ambitious bid for up to £25 million funding as part of the Towns Fund initiative.
The Towns Fund is a national programme aimed at investing £3.6 billion into 101 towns in the country.
By submitting a funding plan at this stage, Warrington will be one of the first eligible towns to submit a finalised Town Deal plan. Warrington’s plan explains how funding of up to £25 million would support the delivery of a string of transformative projects which, although based in and around the town centre, would bring benefits to the whole of Warrington.
Warrington’s Town Deal plan outlines seven core projects that would help to provide long-lasting benefits to the town. The plan includes funding proposals for:
The Warrington Town Deal board first met in January to discuss the possible areas that would benefit from Towns Fund support. The board, consisting of Warrington’s business, leisure, education and political leaders, explored how the town centre’s accessibility, transport, social care, housing, creative and cultural aspects could benefit from up to £25 million funding.
Following initial meetings, a public engagement consultation was launched, with ideas for where the funding could be spent submitted online and at physical events. The ideas and thoughts submitted by the public, alongside feedback as part of the focused group discussions, helped inform the seven key projects that Warrington has submitted for funding.
Chair of the Town Deal board for Warrington, Matt Crompton, MD of Muse Developments, said: “Our Towns Fund plan for Warrington has been a long time coming and has relied on the knowledge, experience and expertise of many of Warrington’s leading business, education and industry figures. I am pleased that we have shown ambition in our funding bid and the seven projects we have submitted would be truly transformative for Warrington.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many unforeseen challenges, so to be successful in our Towns Fund bid - regardless of if we achieve the full funding ask or funding for specific projects - would be a huge boost.
Vice chair of Warrington’s Town Deal board, Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council, Prof. Steven Broomhead, said: “Our Towns Fund bid is a perfect representation of how we can harness the collective power and ambition of Warrington’s business, community and political leaders, alongside our residents – who have been key in shaping the thrust of our bid.
“Our bid has focused on feedback raised by the people of Warrington and I’m hopeful for a positive outcome that can help us to realise our vision for a reinvigorated town centre. The projects we have included in our funding bid are centred around having long-lasting impacts that will be felt for generations.”