Nuneaton is in the running for a share of millions of pounds worth of funding to help drive economic regeneration – but resident’s ideas are needed.
The town is one of 100 across the country that has been selected to bid for funding from the Government’s Towns Fund initiative.
There is up to £25 million available for each town to help with projects that will deliver transformation to towns across England. This is part of the Government’s commitment to ‘level up’ all regions across the country.
In order to compete for the funding, a bid needs to be created to form a shortlist of projects that could be put forward.
Going under the name My Town Nuneaton, the initiative needs residents to help to guide what projects should be funded through five key areas – local transport, digital connectivity, urban regeneration, arts, culture and heritage and skills.
A plan of action, called a Town Investment Plan, is being drawn up to submit for the Government funding.
A Town Deal Board – made up of business representatives, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councillors, Warwickshire County Councillors and representatives from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Warwickshire CAVA, the health sector and community – has been created to bring a funding bid together.
Sean Farnell, Chair of the Nuneaton Town Deal Board, asked for as many people as possible to come forward, get involved and offer their ideas.
“We have a real opportunity to do some really good work for Nuneaton and bring a huge amount of improvements to the town with this funding,” said Sean.
“But we need people to share their ideas and what they would like to see happen under the five key areas. This is your time to have a say and help shape what we can do with this Government funding if we are successful.
“With the Transforming Nuneaton project, the town is going through a huge amount of change for the better and this will only add to this.
“Now is the time for everyone to get behind Nuneaton, make sure that we continue to help it develop, grow and look ahead to its future.”
Nuneaton residents now have the next two weeks to submit their ideas, before a number of shortlisted ideas are put forward for a second round of consultation.
For further information about the campaign and to submit an idea visit www.mytownnuneaton.co.uk
To keep up to date with the initiative follow @MyTown _Nuneaton on Twitter and My Town Nuneaton at Facebook.