Town centres in mid-Wales to benefit from new ‘place making’ fund
By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited 11:50am 17/05/2021.
£1.26m of capital funding has been secured by Ceredigion County Council alongside Powys County Council from the Welsh Government to help regenerate a number of towns across Mid Wales.
This newly available grant will offer flexible support for a wide range of projects, from green infrastructure developments, to commercial and residential improvements for business owners.
The funding is aimed at supporting town centres and traders respond to Covid-19 by funding adaptions and improvements in public safety.
Councillor Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Councils’ Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see us secure this funding from the Welsh Government to help our towns across Mid Wales, and here in Ceredigion. Businesses and livelihoods have all been severely impacted from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it has had a lasting and ongoing impact on our town centres.
“Our attention as a Council has firmly been on supporting our economy throughout the pandemic through the application of a range of business support measures, and it is heartening now to be able to start focusing on future recovery and growth. While the pandemic is still ongoing, this capital funding stream is a great opportunity to help bring forward activity that will rebuild our town centres to ensure they are safe, welcoming and attractive places to live, work and visit.”
The grant will run for 1 year commencing 01 April 2021, with projects needing to complete by 1st March 2022. It is available to private businesses, including developers, third sector businesses, and the public sector. However, it is not available to private individuals.