Sandwell Towns Fund
Have your say! Take part in our new engagement activities
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 project.
West Bromwich Towns Fund: Town Hall Quarter Project (Closing Date: Friday 5 November 2021)
Smethwick Towns Fund: Ron Davis Centre Expansion (Closing Date: Friday 17 December 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
- 23 September 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.
Join the consultation and have your say on the West Bromwich Town Hall Quarter Project
The West Bromwich Town Hall Quarter project aims to restore West Bromwich Town Hall and Central Library and to develop new community spaces. We want to know what you would like to see going on inside and how both the Town Hall and Central Library should be developed in future.
Would you like a café bar? Would you like to see a dance and drama school? Is improved access to the buildings a priority for you? Complete our short online questionnaire and tell us what you would like to see. (Closing date: Friday 5 November 2021)
Alternatively, visit Central Library in West Bromwich to take part in our consultation events.
For dates, bookings and further information, click here.
Have your say on the SAFL Ron Davis Centre Expansion in Smethwick
The Sandwell Adult Family Learning (SAFL) Ron Davis Centre in Smethwick currently works with adults over the age of 19 and families, offering a wide range of support including education, training, skills and careers advice. The Towns Fund Ron Davis Centre Expansion project will provide two additional specialised digital classrooms to deliver transformational change in the Smethwick area for residents and expand targeted education and skills support. This project will also see the regeneration and upgrade of a local asset, allowing residents to access modern learning facilities.
We want your input on the future use of the Ron Davis Centre. To have your say, please complete our short online questionnaire by Friday 17 December 2021. You can also attend the drop in session taking place on 22 November 2021 from 2pm - 8pm (open access - no booking is required).
Historic Engagement Activities and Findings
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 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
If you have any ideas to contribute or would like to find out more about how you can get involved, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org