Another open day event will be held in Glastonbury on Saturday 7th May to give the local community a chance to find out about the 12 projects set to benefit from the £23.6m Town Deal funding, providing an opportunity to share feedback and ideas with the people leading the projects.
Open from 10.30am until 2.30pm, this event will be held at St John’s Church in Glastonbury. Local residents and businesses are encouraged to pop in during the day to learn about the exciting opportunities and benefits that the funding could bring for the town
This follows a successful open day event at the Town Hall in late February, which attracted more than 350 people. Representatives from the different projects were able to share information, answer questions and collate comments from the visitors. This feedback is now being used by the project teams as they continue to develop the Business Cases required by the government.
The 7th May open day event is expected to follow the same format, giving the local community another chance to have their say on the project proposals before the Business Cases are submitted, which must be done by the end of June.
Some individual projects are also planning their own dedicated open day events. The Glastonbury Community Sports and Leisure Hub is one of these and will be holding an engagement event at Tor Sports and Leisure Centre from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 9th April.
In addition, a new website has been launched to share information about the Glastonbury Town Deal with the local community. This can be found at glastonburytowndeal.co.uk
Glastonbury is one of 101 towns in the UK to receive investment as part of the government’s Towns Fund scheme. Set to bring £23.6m of investment into the town, it received the highest award in the South West and one of the highest per capita in England.
The comprehensive Business Cases required by the government for each of the projects are currently being developed by the Glastonbury Town Deal Board, individual project teams and Mendip District Council. Although the overarching projects and outcomes are fixed, the detail of each project is yet to be confirmed, with the viability of all aspects currently being scrutinised. The Business Cases must be submitted to the government by the end of June 2022, with funds being released as and when the individual Business Cases have been approved.
The Glastonbury Town Investment Plan was developed by the Town Deal Board through engagement with key partners, businesses, community groups and Mendip District Council as the lead authority. It aims to deliver a necessary ‘levelling up’ opportunity for the town, bringing existing assets back into community use, and working with local communities to develop the spaces and resources that they want and need. The overall aim is for Glastonbury to be a sustainable, prosperous, modern town and global tourist centre, drawing on its rural landscape, history and unique legacy.