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March 2022
Sandwell moves closer to securing £67.5 million of Towns Funding
Summary Documents and Monitoring & Evaluation Plans are on track to be submitted to government on 24th March 2022

In September 2019, Sandwell was chosen as one of 101 towns in the UK to receive up to £25 million Government Towns Funding. The aim of the £3.6 billion Town Fund was to 'level up' all parts of the country, by regenerating town centres to boost businesses, improve infrastructure, encourage enterprise and bring communities together.

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Towns Fund Programme is a unique opportunity to invest in urban regeneration, skills & enterprise infrastructure, and connectivity in Sandwell.  Following submission of the Town Investment Plans (TIPs), Sandwell’s Towns Fund Superboard, Local Board and Sandwell Council, worked in partnership to develop 16 full business cases to secure £67.5million Towns Fund investment in West Bromwich, Rowley Regis and Smethwick  -  the largest amount allocated to any local authority! 

Three of the shortlisted projects from West Bromwich have already received approval for funding with works underway. Summary Documentation plans for the remaining thirteen projects will be submitted to government on 24th March 2022, with the outcome expected by early summer 2022.  All 16 projects will be delivered with a mix of Towns Funds and elements of match funding from other sources.

You can view details of the Towns Fund project submissions here.

For more information about the Towns Fund Programme visit GOV.UK - Towns Fund Prospectus.

View our Historic 'Latest News' here.

Our Story

On 6 September 2019 it was announced that 101 towns had been identified by Government to benefit from the Towns Fund which comprises £3.6billion with up to £25million per town being available. The amount of funding allocated to each town will be based on a Town Deal agreed with Government.

West Bromwich, Smethwick, and Rowley Regis have been invited by the Government to create a Town Deal. This is a really exciting opportunity to bring investment into Sandwell. 
The objective of the fund is to drive the economic regeneration in towns to deliver long term economic and productive growth through:
  • Urban regeneration, planning and land use
  • Skills and enterprise infrastructure
  • Connectivity

Find out more on what the Towns Fund objectives mean 

Governance

Sandwell Superboard
We have established a Superboard comprising a wide range of key stakeholders from community, business, voluntary, public-sector and faith organisations. It is chaired by Jude Thompson, President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and the board will make sure that Sandwell's three bids are complementary.

You can view the Sandwell Superboard meeting packs and minutes by clicking on the dates below: - 

Sandwell Local Boards
We have established three Local Boards, one per town, to develop a series of proposals for funding. The proposals will be contained in a Town Investment Plan (TIP).

To find out more about the roles of Superboard and Local Board members, you can view the Towns Fund Governance Document. All board members listed within the governance document have read, signed and completed the Towns Fund Code of Conduct.

Town Investment Plans and Projects

Town Investment Plans

We have submitted our Town Investment Plans (TIP) for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis to Government for review. A summary of the Town Investment Plans can be viewed by clicking the red buttons below.

West Bromwich TIP Summary               Smethwick TIP Summary               Rowley Regis TIP Summary

How we developed the projects
The Local Boards and Superboard considered a range of information about each town including statistical evidence, opportunities and strengths, engagement findings, project ideas raised and  economic challenges facing the town. A long list of projects was created that met the Governments criteria. This was then narrowed down to a shortlist of projects that have been included in the submission to Government.

Engagement

Get Involved

There are currently no live consultation activities. 

Historic Engagement Activities and Findings

Smethwick Ron Davis Centre Expansion Project

Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey and visited the Ron Davis Centre throughout the consultation period, your input on the future use of the Ron Davis Centre is extremely valuable. The project team are reviewing feedback and results will be published on this website in the near future.

West Bromwich Town Hall Quarter Project

Throughout October and early November 2021, we asked you to have your say on the future use of the West Bromwich Town Hall and Central Library. The West Bromwich Town Hall Quarter project aims to restore both the West Bromwich Town Hall and Central Library and to develop new community spaces. We would like to thank everyone for their comments to help shape this project. We have received lots of feedback on what activities and improvements you would like to see in the buildings and findings will be posted to the website in due course. 

Rowley Regis Towns Fund - Britannia Park Community Hub and Greenspace Improvements

The public consultation event for the Britannia Park Community Hub and Greenspace Improvements project took place during August 2021. We've received lots of feedback on the proposals for Britannia Park and we would like to thank everyone for their input. Your feedback will help shape the final designs for the park. 

West Bromwich Towns Fund - Urban Greening Project Proposals

During August 2021, we have invited you to have your say on the proposed design ideas for the West Bromwich Towns Fund Urban Greening project. We'd like to thank everyone who took part in this consultation activity, your feedback is extremely valuable to assist the final designs of the project. 

West Bromwich Masterplan 

Throughout July and August 2021, we invited you to have your say on the West Bromwich Masterplan and Interim Planning Statement. This included both online and face to face consultation. The team are extremely grateful for the feedback received and we'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to review the plans and submitting feedback to help shape the regeneration of West Bromwich.

Town Investment Plans

Throughout 2020, we have invited you to get involved and share your views to help shape the Town Investment Plans for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis.

With COVID-19 impacting how we can engage with you (face to face, community events and workshops, etc.) we have adapted our usual engagement methods and continue to explore how we can best engage with you, local communities and business in the future. 

We have asked you to complete online surveys, held one to one telephone interviews, utilised social media, identified and reviewed data already available to the council from previous activities, facilitated virtual workshops with local community organisations, local businesses and held young people's engagement sessions to get feedback on the priorities for each town and your views on what projects should be put forward in the Town Investment Plans.

The feedback received is extremely valuable and we'd like to thank everyone who has been involved. You can view feedback received by clicking the links below: - 

Thank you for completing our surveys.

As part of our consultation programme, we asked you to complete our Phase 1 Town Deal Survey, which closed on 25 August 2020, to get your views and ideas on what you would like to see in the Town Investment Plans. We then asked you to complete our Phase 2 Town Deal Survey which closed on Wednesday 30 September 2020, which was designed to get your views on the projects that were shortlisted for the Town Investment Plans for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis.

We'd like to thank everyone who completed the surveys, your feedback is extremely valuable. We have used this to create our shortlisted projects and design the projects put forward in the Town Investment Plans.

#MyTown

#MyTown was launched by Government to allow members of the public to make suggestions and submit ideas for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis. You can visit MyTown to read the suggestions made when the project was first announced.

Media and Communications

Press Release - Published 9 August 2021
Have your say on our exciting plans for Britannia Park in Rowley Regis

Press Release - Published 3 March 2021
Sandwell set to receive £67.5 million regeneration boost

Press Release - Published 15 January 2021
Town projects to get under way following funding boost

Press Release - Published 8 January 2021
Work to start on new cycle lane in Smethwick

Press Release - Published 11 August 2020 
Have your say on how £75 million Towns Fund investment is spent

Press Release - 14 July 2020
Council bids for millions of pounds for towns

Press Release - Published 7 September 2019
Major £75m boost for West Bromwich, Rowley Regis and Smethwick town centres


Contact Us

If you have any ideas to contribute or would like to find out more about how you can get involved, please contact: town_deal@sandwell.gov.uk

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