Glastonbury Towns Fund Opportunity
The Town Deal initiative is designed to 'level up' all parts of the country, by regenerating town centres to boost businesses, improve infrastructure, encourage enterprise and bring communities together. As one of 101 towns named by the Government, Glastonbury can potentially bid for up to £25 million of a national £3.6 billion Towns Fund pot.
In November 2019, the Government published a Prospectus with Stage 1 guidance for the 101 named towns to establish governance, and to start working with local communities, businesses and stakeholders to develop a Town Investment Plan. The timescales have been quite challenging, as a Town Deal Board needed to be established by January 2020 and the Town Investment Plan published by Summer 2020, however there is a strong commitment from all partners to work together to maximise this exciting opportunity for the town.
In order to meet the first key milestones, Mendip District Council as named 'Lead Council' is working closely with the national Towns Fund Team, the local MP, James Heappey, Glastonbury Town Council, Somerset County Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and other key partners to set up the initial governance and consultations. An 'Interim' Town Deal Board meeting was held on 31 Jan 2020 to ensure the Government milestones were met, and to establish good practice.