Council urges Government to confirm £25m bid

Telford & Wrekin Council says it has written to the Government requesting “urgent confirmation” of Telford’s Towns Fund bid for £25m.

The submission to government was made on 11 December last year and requested the investment towards four projects developed in partnership with the Telford Town Deal Board.

The proposals focus on transforming the land between Telford Central Railway Station and the town centre, to be known as Station Quarter, the regeneration of Wellington conservation area, including the historic market and Oakengates theatre quarter.

The submission also details plans to support the town’s destination offer through a growth fund.

Cllr Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “As a new town Telford has regularly punched above its weight when it comes to the regional and national growth agenda.  However, we have been repeatedly overlooked for government investment which is why we are so determined to secure funding now through the Towns Fund bid.

“The government has had well over two months to consider, what I believe is, a very strong submission from the Telford Town Deal Board.  If the government is serious about its levelling up agenda we will be awarded the full £25m, offering hope to our communities who are most in need of help.

“Two thirds of Telford’s population live within the Towns Fund bid area.  The borough towns of Oakengates and Wellington both fall into the 20% most deprived areas across the UK, with Wellington one of the 10% most deprived.  Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on these already challenged communities, widening existing inequalities.   Now, more than ever, funding is crucial to re-energise these areas.”