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28 JUL

£1 million for regeneration in town centre

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

A council has agreed to allocate £1 million of Government funding to help regenerate a town centre. East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC), at it’s meeting yesterday morning (Tuesday, July 26), agreed to allocate £1 million of their share of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund for use in Uttoxeter, and they also agreed to allocate £750,000 towards a new Village Enhancement Programme for the borough.

A council has agreed to allocate £1 million of Government funding to help regenerate a town centre.

East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC), at it’s meeting yesterday morning (Tuesday, July 26), agreed to allocate £1 million of their share of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund for use in Uttoxeter, and they also agreed to allocate £750,000 towards a new Village Enhancement Programme for the borough.

Leader of ESBC, councillor George Allen told the Uttoxeter Echo: “I am really pleased that £1 million of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund has been allocated towards regenerating a vital part of the Uttoxeter town centre.

“This £1 million allocation will be used for the future redevelopment of a priority site identified in the Uttoxeter Masterplan.

“An example of how this funding may be targeted would be to direct the grant towards the provision of modern and upgraded commercial space fronting the High Street.

“The specific focus of the grant would be reviewed and confirmed following the further public consultation due to take place later this year. This first allocation shows ESBC’s commitment to regenerating Uttoxeter.”

Cllr Allen continued: “Other parts of the fund have also been allocated towards supporting businesses to level up, creating more stable employment across the whole borough.

“Primary intervention themes being proposed under this part of the scheme will be investment in open markets and improvements to town centre retail and service sector infrastructure, wrap around support for small businesses, strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems, training hubs and business support measures to drive employment growth.

“All of this will lead to stronger more resilient local jobs, creating new businesses, small business growth, workforce training and skills development and more new apprenticeships.”

Cllr Allen added: “We are also allocating £750,000 towards a new scheme called the Village Enhancement Programme.

“This programme supports the delivery of local regeneration projects in villages outside of Burton and Uttoxeter.

“This would be a competitive regeneration fund whereby elected councillors representing those areas would be invited to submit expressions of interest for local regeneration initiatives during 2022/23, with a view to commence delivery of approved projects in 2023/24.

“Projects could include initiatives such as improvements to green spaces, play areas, tourism and visitor economy initiatives, upgrading community assets, culture and heritage programmes.

“Projects would typically be led by East Staffordshire Borough Council in partnership with local areas.

“More details will be set out shortly. If you have any questions feel free to contact me on george.allen@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk.”

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