£16 million for Trowbridge
By WC (edited)
Originally published by Trevor Carbin Liberal Democrat
Trowbridge's historic Town Hall will be one of the projects to benefit from the government's Future High Streets Fund.
The Grade 2 listed building has been allocated £8,176,810, of the £16,347,056 awarded, to refurbish and restore the building. The money will allow the building to host an exciting and vibrant programme of activities.
Additional projects being supported by the Future High Streets Fund include:
- Improving accessibility, connectivity and wayfinding of the town centre
- Offering grants to businesses to encourage the longer-term occupation of vacant retail premises
- Bringing the vacant Market Hall back into active use
- Enhancements to the Biss bank to enable safer pedestrian access to the river front and under the Town Bridge
David Lockwood, Director at Trowbridge Town Hall Trust, said: "I am delighted that the Town Hall has been awarded this funding. A fully restored Town Hall at the heart of Trowbridge will once again be a vibrant hub of activity, breathing new life into our High Street.
"If you'd like to have your say on what activity takes place in the building post-refurbishment, please let us know, starting with the public events early next year."
Wiltshire Council and Trowbridge Town Hall Trust are working together to refurbish this much loved cultural and community asset and to identify and secure additional funding.
Towns Fund - Future High Streets Fund
The Future High Streets Fund aims to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures sustainability.
In total, 72 places will share up to £831 million to help them recover from the pandemic by improving transport links, building new homes and transforming underused spaces.
Applications were invited for the Government fund, and Trowbridge was one of 100 towns shortlisted. In December 2020, Wiltshire Council was provisionally awarded £16,347,056 for Trowbridge. In May 2021 this funding was formally awarded. £8.1 million of the funding for Trowbridge will be invested in the Town Hall.