In early August, the Glastonbury Town Deal Board submitted proposals to make use of £500k of funding that was made available to address issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding was available to Glastonbury because it is one of the 101 towns earmarked to benefit from the Governments £3.6bn Towns Fund with the opportunity to secure up to £25m of investment for the town.
Government were particularly encouraging projects that will support Glastonbury in responding to immediate challenges, including:
- Improvements to or new parks and green spaces and sustainable transport links
- Improvements to town centres repurposing empty commercial properties
- Demolition or site remediation where this will have an immediate benefit
The Towns' Fund Board for Glastonbury met on Friday 7 August 2020, primarily to discuss and agree projects put forward for the Accelerator Fund of £500k, the agreed projects were:
- Renovation of part of Red Brick Building C, off the A39 on Street Road is to receive substantial funding sufficient to enable part of Building C to be renovated and will on completion provide facilities for business development, youth and wider community events.
- A High Street enhancement programme has identified a number of projects that can be delivered within the timeframe required of this first phase of expenditure. This could involve the installation of covered cycle racks, strategically placed trees in large containers, improved hanging baskets, wrought iron entrance arch to Hanover Square, improved signage and investment in two toilet blocks, including Abbey Park.
- St Edmunds Hall in the Windmill Hill community requires refurbishment. The intention is to install a proper catering kitchen and revamp the garden. A much needed barrier will be installed at the entrance to the car park to prevent access by high sided vehicles.
- Included is the provision of community parking facilities at Herbies Field, off Northload Bridge. This project once completed will reduce the impact of event parking on the town and provide a suitable venue for Tor Fair to return.
- The Glastonbury Way renovation and improvements to a circular walk around the town to make more accessible and access easier. The route uses paths, roads, lanes and other rights of way (including both adopted and permissive) and in part follows the Pilgrim Way which links spiritual sites.