BRIDGWATER has scooped the pool in the Government’s competitive ‘Town Fund’, designed to rejuvenate the local economy and boost the town’s attractions and facilities.
The results will be unveiled this morning by the Housing Communities and Local Government Department.
Bridgwater ambitiously bid for £25million and will receive almost everything they requested – £22.6million.
Throughout the nation the Government has set aside well over £3bn to breathe new life into some of England’s town centres.
Iand Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: “It is great news for everyone and a real tribute to the team that drew up our plan.
“Sedgemoor District Council did a magnificent job seeking the widest possible public involvement and the most imaginative schemes.”
The Town Fund success means that Bridgwater’s vital tidal barrier can now get the go-ahead to protect the area from future flooding.
There will also be money to restore the historic docks and provide much-needed production space for Bridgwater’s world-renowned carnival.
Many other projects will also receive funding.
Mr Liddell-Grainger added: “Congratulations are in order and the people who made this possible should be very proud of themselves, their town and the improvements this money is certain to bring.”