Sandwell Towns Fund
Public consultation activities are now underway
A key part of the Towns Fund Programme is community engagement. We want you to get involved and share your views to help shape the Town Investment Plan projects.
- West Bromwich Urban Greening Project (Closing date: Monday 9 August 2021)
- West Bromwich Town Centre - Interim Planning Statement and Masterplan 2021 - Online and Public Consultation. (Closing Date: Friday 20 August 2021)
Sandwell set to receive £67.5 million regeneration boost
Sandwell's three Town Investment Plans for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis have been approved. This announcement means West Bromwich is set to be allocated £25 million, Smethwick £23.5 million and Rowley Regis (including parts of Oldbury) £19 million.
The investment, which is subject to submission and approval of full business cases, will fund a wide range of projects. You can view details of the Town Investment Plan projects here. The projects will be developed over the next 12 months before being approved for funding.
£2.25m boost for Sandwell - £750k Accelerated Funding awarded to West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis
West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis were provided the opportunity to submit proposals to Government for up to £750,000 as part of the Town Deal Accelerated Funding Scheme, of which must be spent this financial year (by March 2021). The accelerated funding was confirmed as additional to the main Towns Fund Programme of up to £25m per town. The proposals for each town were submitted early August.
It's great news!
Government announced that the funding will be made available for all proposals put forward for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis. You can view the accelerated funding projects for each town here.
You can view our Historic 'Latest News' here.
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.
- Urban regeneration, planning and land use
- Skills and enterprise infrastructure
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: -
- 07 February 2020
- 05 August 2020
- 02 October 2020
- 20 October 2020
- 18 March 2021
- 17 May 2021
- 22 July 2021
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.
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.
Have your say on the West Bromwich Towns Fund Urban Greening Project proposals
We'd like to know your thoughts on the proposed design ideas for the West Bromwich Towns Fund Urban Greening project.
Do you like the idea of parklets? Would you like to see a toddler playground on the High Street? Should we improve the greenery in the Town Centre? Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org using (Urban Greening) in the subject line, by Monday 9 August 2021.
For further information, visit the West Bromwich Urban Greening webpage.
We need your views to help shape the future regeneration of West Bromwich
An Interim Planning Statement (IPS) and Masterplan is being prepared for West Bromwich Town Centre and we'd like your input. The consultation period will run (online) for a period of 4 weeks commencing 22 July 2021 to 20 August 2021, 5:30pm. You can view the IPS/ draft Masterplan proposals by clicking the links below. If you wish to comment, please use the online consultation form.
A paper copy of the consultation form will be available during weekly West Bromwich Town Centre exhibition sessions over a 4-week period: -
- 27 July 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 (2hours)
- 29 July 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 (2hours)
- 3 August 2021, 12:00 - 14:00 (2hours)
- 5 August 2021, 12:00 - 14:00 (2hours)
- 10 August 2021, 10:00 - 14:00 (2hours)
- 12 August 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 (2 hours)
- 17 August 2021, 12:00 - 14:00 (2hours)
All exhibition sessions will take place in the public square (centrally between Duchess/ Princess Parade in between the entrances of Kings/ Queens Square).
Following public consultation, a report setting out the results of the consultation and how this will shape/ inform the IPS and Masterplan will be reported to Cabinet during October/ November 2021 with final recommendations that both documents are approved/ endorsed going forward.
For further information on the IPS and draft Masterplan, click here.
Historic Engagement Activities and Findings
Over the recent months, 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 will help design the projects put forward in the Town Investment Plans.
Once we've heard back from Government, we will start our next phase of engagement to assist with the final designs for our projects. New engagement activities will be posted here.
#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 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
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