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Town Centre Partnerships benefit from £1m fund

Words: Sam Waddicor

Twenty town centres in Wales are set to receive a share of £1m regeneration funding to tackle issues ranging from the impact of vacant properties to a lack of footfall in retail streets.

Each town centre will receive £50,000 from the government with an expectation that other source will at least double that amount with match-funding.

The aim is to use the cash to address a range of issues that are seen to blight Welsh high streets, from vacant properties to low footfall and a lack of diversity for town centre visitors.

“These are challenging times for our towns and city centres and many of the issues being faced require a local, tailored approach," said the principality's housing and regeneration minister, Carl Sargeant. "The new funding will support this and will help the successful applicants give their town centres the boost they need.”

RTPI Wales director Roisin Willmott told The Planner: “Town centres are having to renew their offer and respond to changing circumstances with the Internet. We are in times of constrained funding across the board so any funding is good. It is obviously not going to be enough to solve all the issues that town centres have to address but it does provide them with something.”