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£9 million to support town centres recover from the coronavirus pandemic announced

Wednesday July 15th, 2020

The Welsh Government has made up to £9 million available to support town centres recover from the coronavirus pandemic.welsh_town_11891397Sml

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has announced up to £5.3 million from the Transforming Towns programme will be used to fund adaptions in town centres to support traders and improve public safety in response to coronavirus. While a further £3.7 million of Valleys Taskforce funding will be invested to enhance small town centres in the Valleys region.

During a visit to Rhyl, Hannah Blythyn said the £5.3 million repurposed capital funding from the Transforming Towns programme, will be used to fund adaptions in town centres to facilitate trading and public safety in response to Coronavirus. This will include but not limited to; outdoor awnings, outdoor tables and chairs, outdoor heating, outdoor screening, bollards, planters, small green infrastructure schemes, electricity supply and lighting to outdoor trading spaces and the temporary use of vacant buildings and the establishment of local markets.

During the visit the Deputy Minister saw first-hand how Welsh Government funds will be used to deliver the Greening Rhyl infrastructure schemes and to improve safety and conditions including suspending parking to increase space for pedestrians and cyclists to maintain social distancing and enhance sustainable and active travel. Rhyl is already benefitting from significant Welsh Government investment including funding for the nearly completed refurbishment of the former Costigans to provide high quality business accommodation.

The £9 million fund will complement other support targeting town centre recovery including:

£15.4 million Local Sustainable Transport fund to provide better active and sustainable travel infrastructure to make it safer and easier for people to get around their local town

Funding to support Business Improvement Districts’ running costs for three months

The announcement comes the day before the second meeting of the Ministerial Town Centre Action Group. The group, set up by the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government aims determine how best to use existing funds and prioritise further actions and resources to bolster town centres in the short and long term.

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