Sandwell Towns Fund
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Sandwell achieves another regeneration milestone: £19m secured for Rowley Regis Towns Fund
It's exciting news for Sandwell as government approve the five individual projects that make up the Rowley Regis Town Deal. Together, the Rowley Regis projects will deliver ambitious projects that will have a positive effect on Rowley Regis residents through improved transport links and community space, and a new skills centre.
A Rowley Regis Towns Fund press release was issued on 15 June 2022 and includes details of the five projects and what they will deliver collectively in terms of jobs, number of learners assisted, the amount (km) of new and improved cycle ways and pedestrian paths and the amount of existing greenspace to be improved.
To date, 13 out of 16 projects have been approved by government (3 projects in West Bromwich, 5 projects in Smethwick and 5 projects in Rowley Regis Town Deal) securing £46m for the benefit of Sandwell. Sandwell’s Towns Fund Partnership looks forward to receiving a response from the government on the remaining West Bromwich Town Deal projects. You can view the Towns Fund projects here.
Smethwick Towns Fund: Government go-ahead for five projects
Sandwell's ambitious Towns Fund Programme has taken a leap forward, with £23.5m funding for five regeneration projects in Smethwick approved by government. Together the Smethwick Town Fund projects will have the power to positively impact Smethwick residents in different ways, enriching lives and helping to build a better future. As it is a five-year programme, projects will come to life at different points during this period.
The Smethwick Towns Fund press release published on 24 May 2022 includes details of the five projects and collectively what they will deliver in terms of jobs, number of learners assisted, the amount of land remediated and the amount (km) of new pedestrian paths and cycle ways.
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.
For more information about the Towns Fund Programme visit GOV.UK - Towns Fund Prospectus.
Summary Documents for two more West Bromwich Town Deal projects submitted to Government
The West Bromwich Urban Greening Project and Sandwell Civil and Mechanical Engineering Project Summary Documents and Monitoring and Evaluation Plans were submitted to The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) on 14 January 2022. Government have now received a total of three Project Summary Documents for the West Bromwich Town Deal.
The Urban Greening Project is located within West Bromwich Town Centre and West Bromwich Central ward. The project will improve and enhance the existing public realm and appearance of the High Street, through the introduction of new trees, parklets and play space, complementing planned infrastructure works to establish better links from the Town Centre to Sandwell Valley.
The project includes delivery of a Cultural Programme alongside the capital development works. Community involvement and artistic interpretation will be a key component in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of people.
The Sandwell Civil and Mechanical Engineering Centre (Sandwell MEC) will grow West Bromwich's education hub, with Sandwell College building a new campus on the High Street. Discussions are on-going with all parties and a planning application has been submitted for the campus to be located on the former Shaftsbury House site, West Bromwich High Street. The centre will be a new technical campus and will deliver opportunities in engineering, advanced manufacturing, civil engineering, construction and hybrid electric vehicles for adults and young people.
The new facility will provide programmes for the unemployed as well as reskilling the workforce through Apprenticeship Standards and other technical and professional qualifications.
Summary Document for West Bromwich Digital Den submitted to Government
In October 2021, the Summary Document and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the Digital Den project was submitted to Government. The Digital Den project will provide access to digital online provision for children, adults and older people including support to get online and improve employment readiness and access to employment opportunities.
The project invests in the infrastructure to establish affordable digital services for communities and create pathways to opportunities in education, training and employment through accredited online training courses, careers guidance and provides children with online educational resources to ensure opportunities for learning are always accessible.
Government will review the submission and if approved, funding will be released. We expect to receive a response from Government in early 2022.
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.
Sandwell's three Town Investment Plans have been submitted to Government
Sandwell's three Town Investment Plans for West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis were submitted to Government on Friday 30 October 2020 following the Local Board's review and Superboard's approval. If the Government are supportive of our projects, we will then start to finalise details and put in place plans to deliver them.
£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.