Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Government asks Swindonians: how do we spend £25m regeneration cash?

The government is asking people in Swindon how they would like to spend up to £25m in regeneration investment.

The #MyTown campaign was launched by local government secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick this week. It aims to give people a say in how a new generation of Towns Fund grants, each worth up to £25 million, could be best invested.

Local people are being asked to offer their suggestions on the dedicated Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MyTownCampaign – and on Twitter, using the hashtag #MyTown

The £3.6m Towns Fund was established to support regeneration projects in 100 towns. Swindon was told in September that it would be a recipient of a grant.

It is the only community in Wiltshire to secure a Towns Fund grant. Seventy-five of the lucky communities are part of the government's vaunted Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine projects.

The money is not limited to physical regeneration. It can also be invested in infrastructure and digital connectivity. Decisions on funding any proposals are not automatic, and will be made by government.

Mr Jenrick explained: "Too many towns feel neglected by Westminster politicians. This government is committed to levelling up all parts of the country. That’s why we’re investing up to £25 million in 100 towns across the country. And I want local people to determine how that money is spent."