Over £9 million investment for Salisbury has moved a step closer, as a part of a wider £25 that includes Trowbridge, as Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet unanimously agreed this week (2 February 2021) to progress the government’s offers of funding.
The council had provisionally been awarded £16,347,056 for Trowbridge and £9,355,731 for Salisbury following bids to the government’s Future High Streets Fund. These offers of funding represent up to 69% of the total amounts bid for to help revitalise the two town centres.
Richard Clewer, Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “This significant investment in two of our main town centres is very welcomed especially at a time when our high streets are facing so many challenges. We recognise this isn’t the full amount we bid for, but we are committed to delivering these transformational projects and rejuvenate the town centres.”
The projects proposed in Salisbury include a redesign of station forecourt making it more attractive and accessible for visitors and residents and improvements to the road network and public spaces along Fisherton Street which connects the station to Salisbury’s retail centre, where a number of apartments will be created to encourage the use of vacant upper floors.
The council will now produce a technical update showing that the proposed projects can be delivered within the funding levels offered, and still meet the benefit/cost ratio and other requirements, for submission to the government by 26 February 2021.