Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

£25 million boost for Trowbridge and Salisbury town centres

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Salisbury railway station

 

Trowbridge town centre and Salisbury city centre will benefit from over £25 million of investment following successful bids through the Government's Future High Streets Fund.

The Government has confirmed the council has been awarded £16,347,056 for Trowbridge and £9,355,301 for Salisbury, representing up to 69 percent of the total amounts bid for.

The final amounts have been awarded following technical updates being submitted, showing that the proposed projects to revitalise the two centres could be delivered within the funding levels offered.

The projects planned for 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.

While in Salisbury, the projects include a redesign of the railway 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.

Cllr Richard Clewer, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "We've been progressing these bids over the last two years, so I'm delighted to confirm that it is now official, we have secured the funding.

"This is fantastic news and I'm sure will be very much welcomed by our local residents and businesses, particularly as our high streets have been facing so many challenges over the last few years.

"This significant investment means we can now move forward with these transformational projects and rejuvenate one of our town centre and our city centre.

"We look forward to sharing our plans with the local communities and organisations later this year so that we can bring these schemes to fruition, creating vibrant town centres in the heart of two of our communities."

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: "This funding is part of wider support we are providing to communities and businesses, to protect jobs, support the most vulnerable and ensure no one is left behind as we recover from pandemic.

"This investment will make a huge difference to towns and cities across England and transform themselves in desired places to shop, visit, live and work.

"The Future High Streets Fund will support towns, communities and businesses as we get back to enjoying the best of what the high street has to offer."

The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 and is a key part of this government’s plan to renew and reshape town centres – making them a more attractive place to live, work and visit.