WYCHAVON District Council will be allocating £150,000 towards boosting the high street to back up a successful bid to the Future High Streets Fund, writes Eve Watson.
It follows a retail seminar held in January when south Worcestershire councils were urged to be ‘brave’ by a regeneration expert.
At the end of last year, the Government opened up applications to the fund which set out a process to allocate £675million. The funding must go towards capital projects to transform town centres through proposals focused on transport, housing delivery and public services.
Criteria has been assessed by Wychavon Council officers, and Evesham town centre will be part of the first round of proposals. If successful, the Riverside shopping centre will be redeveloped and support will be given to the Evesham transport strategy and town plan aspirations.
Coun Richard Morris, Wychavon’s deputy leader, and economic growth and tourism portfolio holder, said: “As well as the bid I’m very pleased we have agreed to allocate £150,000 of our own money for Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore for town and centre master planning.
“This will provide evidence for any future town centre funding bids and help them to start planning for their futures. Our town centres are the life blood of our towns and we want to help them thrive.”
A second round of bids will be opened in 2020 and Droitwich Spa and Pershore will be considered for submission.