OPTIONS for the improvement of Uttoxeter town centre are “being considered.” East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) has approved plans for capital investment to be made on two projects designed to future-proof and enhance Burton Town Centre, while options are being considered for Uttoxeter – as part of the authority's share of Local Growth Funding. The regeneration of the pedestrianised area of Station Street in Burton, and the enhancements to the Washlands, again in Burton, were both being approved at an Extra-ordinary Full ESBC Council meeting held on Monday, September 16.
The approval of funding for the Washlands enhancement project comes on the back of ESBC securing £3 million of Local Growth Funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, with £1 million being allocated to the enhancement works.
ESBC councillor George Allen and Deputy Leader for Regeneration and Planning Policy said: “The council’s regeneration programme is geared towards creating a vibrant and attractive Burton which will have a unique place in the area’s economy and be well placed to adapt to the opportunities in the future.”
Mr Allen, who is also a Uttoxeter town councillor, added: “Whilst the New Town’s fund has been earmarked by the Government for use in Burton, ESBC and SCC are continuing their collaborative work and have already started to consider options for the future of the town of Uttoxeter.
“Plans are in the early stages at this time and more information will be made available to the public in the future.”
Cllr Duncan Goodfellow, Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “Since its inception in 2017, the Burton upon Trent Regeneration Programme has focussed on improving the appeal of Burton to residents, visitors and businesses.
“A number of council projects have already been completed and the Station Street and Washlands projects will continue this good work.
“Together with partners, we are committed to supporting the growth of the local economy and improving the town for future generations to enjoy.
“We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively and delivering these fantastic projects as they are something Burton deserves and has needed for a long time.”
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