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West Midlands launches drive to boost town centres

Words: Huw Morris

Plans to revitalise five town centres across the West Midlands have been unveiled in a major initiative to reverse the decline of high streets.

The town centre programme by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and five councils aims to combine resources and expertise with the private sector. The programme will unlock funding and support, and will be delivered by the local authorities.

Under the scheme, City of Wolverhampton Council has announced that it is spearheading a masterplan for Bilston town centre following extensive investment in housing, leisure and commercial and highways developments.

The other four in the programme are Walsall town centre, West Bromwich town centre, St Thomas’ Quarter in Dudley, and Bordesley Green in Birmingham.

“Many of our town centres need to reinvent themselves to meet the challenge of the 21st century and meet the needs of our residents,” said WMCA portfolio lead for housing and land Mike Bird. “The WMCA will help councils accelerate their plans to transform these centres and ensure they remain viable.”

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