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Sandwell Towns Fund

Sandwell Council and its partners have successfully secured £67.5 million Towns Fund offer for the borough.

Sandwell Council has worked in partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Canal & River Trust, Greets Green Community Enterprise Centre and Sandwell College (Sandwell’s Towns Fund Partnership) to help secure £67.5 million Towns Fund investment in total for Sandwell. This is the largest amount for any local authority area under the Towns Fund programme.

Now government have approved all 16 projects within the Sandwell Towns Fund Programme, project delivery is now under way. As it is a five-year programme, projects will come to life at different points during this period.

Visit our new Regenerating Sandwell website for progress updates

A new website has been launched to promote the 66 regeneration projects being delivered across Sandwell funded by a range of public and private sector investment, including the 16 projects funded by the Towns Fund.

Visit www.regeneratingsandwell.co.uk for progress updates and details of consultation events. 

 

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

Town Deal Boards

To coordinate the three Town Deals in Sandwell, an overarching Towns Fund Superboard (Town Deal Board) was established in July 2020 with three town-level Local Boards established as working groups of the Superboard. This model of the Superboard being supported by the three Local Boards was effective throughout Phase 1 - Development of Town Investment Plans (submitted to government in October 2020) and Phase 2 - Development of Full Business Case (summary documentation submitted to government by March 2022), through robust due diligence and assurance processes.

On 18 May 2022, SMBC Cabinet approved the governance arrangements for the Towns Fund Programme Phase 3 - Delivery. As a result, the Sandwell Superboard structure has been replaced by the three Local Boards who each become a Town Deal Board and inherit Superboard responsibilities: -

You can view Town Deal Board meeting packs by clicking on the links above. To view historic Sandwell Superboard meeting papers, click here.

Town Investment Plans and Projects

Town Investment Plans

We submitted our Town Investment Plans (TIP) for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis to Government for review in October 2020. 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.

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