Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

£25 million investment in town centres moves forward

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An investment of over £25 million in Salisbury and Trowbridge town centres moved a step closer this week after Wiltshire Council unanimously agreed to progress the government's offers of funding.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday (February 2) councillors agreed to accept the government's offer of £16,347,056 for Trowbridge and £9,355,731 for Salisbury through the national Future High Streets Fund.

The offers represent 69 percent of the total amounts bid for to help revitalise the two town centres.

The projects proposed in Trowbridge focus on improving connections into the town centre, transforming the gateway experience by bringing more leisure, residential and cultural activity into the area and making better use of vacant units to enable a diverse and sustainable mix of uses within the heart of the town centre.

In Salisbury, the projects include a redesign of station forecourt making it more attractive and accessible for visitors and residents and improvements to the road network and public spaces along Fisherton Street which connects the station to Salisbury's retail centre, where a number of apartments will be created to encourage the use of vacant upper floors.

Richard Clewer, deputy leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "This significant investment in two of our main town centres is very welcomed especially at a time when our high streets are facing so many challenges.

"We recognise this isn't the full amount we bid for, but we are committed to delivering these transformational projects and rejuvenate the town centres."

The council will now produce a technical update showing that the proposed projects for Trowbridge and Salisbury can be delivered within the funding levels offered, and still meet the benefit/cost ratio and other requirements, for submission to the government by February 26.

Pictured: Fisherton Street by Tiia Monto reproduced under Creative Commons license