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Countdown begins as Government decides on massive investment for Bridgwater

BRIDGWATER should hear next month if its application for £25m of Government investment has got the thumbs up.

Following earlier consultation on the ‘Vision for Bridgwater’, an ambitious plan has been submitted by the Bridgwater Town Deal Board.

If funding is approved ‘in-principle’, more detailed work will start on designs alongside further consultation with the community.

A council spokesperson said: “The plan is unashamedly bold and designed to re-energise the town centre while also unlocking wider housing and employment growth.

“If successful, the proposals will help unlock over £160m of further public and private investment in our town, stimulating billions more in local economic and community benefits.

“Bridgwater was one of 101 towns asked by the Government to come up with plans for sustainable regeneration over the next 30 years.

“The proposals submitted have been overseen by the Bridgwater Town Deal Board comprising representatives from all tiers of local government together with community and business partners; all committed ambassadors of Bridgwater and its economic potential.

“The plan aims to broaden and diversify what the town has to offer, making the town centre more family friendly and walkable.

“It will inspire our residents to develop their own business propositions, galvanise our cultural programme and historic venues, making it exciting and inspiring for residents and visitors and support our existing local businesses to recover from the negative impacts of Covid-19.

“Key projects designed to future-proof the social, cultural and economic recovery of our town centre include improvement to the Bridgwater Arts Centre as it enters its 75th Anniversary, investment in the Town Hall Theatre and support for the planned restoration and regeneration of Bridgwater Docks.”

The board’s independent chairperson, Fiona McMillan, said: “This is a vital opportunity to shape the next chapter of Bridgwater’s economic success and pave the way for its recovery in a post-Covid world.”

Cllr Duncan McGinty, leader of Sedgemoor District Council, said: “We are proud of the progress made in shaping the plan and look forward, with enthusiasm, to realise a strong future for Bridgwater.”

A summary of the submission document will be published soon on Bridgwater Town Council’s website. Feedback from Government is expected by the end of March.

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