Plans to revitalise Tamworth town centre will continue

Plans to revitalise Tamworth town centre will continue, despite the news that the town has not made it through to the next stage in its bid for funding from the Future High Streets Fund.

It is thought hundreds of councils applied for a share of the £675million available to transform high streets and make them fit for the future, and a shortlist of 51 areas that will be progressing to the next stage has now been confirmed. Successful bidders from this region include Erdington, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Derby City Centre, Coalville, Nottingham City Centre and Stafford.

While Tamworth did not make it through to the next round, this was just one of many avenues to explore.

Reacting to the news, Cllr Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “It is disappointing that we didn’t make it through to the next round and while we’ve yet to discover on what basis areas were chosen, it was the same with the Portas Review; Tamworth is doing a lot better than many places which are really suffering.

“The Future High Streets Fund was just one of many avenues to explore and we will continue to push forward with our plans to revitalise the town centre.

“This will progress with the creation of a new vision that will be shaped in consultation with residents, visitors and businesses who have already been sharing their ideas as part of our current ‘Tamworth…What’s Next?’ campaign.

“We will also continue to work closely with local partners such as the Greater Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEPs to explore other opportunities for regeneration and funding.

“We’d also like to thank all the local businesses who supported our application for funding.”

The Tamworth…What’s Next? consultation campaign is continuing with a dedicated workshop session for people who run community, voluntary and charitable groups in Tamworth.

This takes place on Thursday, July 18, in the Council Chamber at Marmion House from 6.15pm, with the Leader of the Council, Daniel Cook, who has been leading the consultation.

Places at the session need to be booked in advance from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, by emailing tic@tamworth.gov.uk with your name, address and phone number, by texting the details to 88020 (please start your text with ‘TBCTIC’), or by calling 01827 709581. Please reserve your place by midday on Thursday, July 18.

For more information about the campaign, please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/tamworth-whats-next.

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