Residents and businesses in and around Glastonbury will have another chance to find out all about the Glastonbury Town Deal as a third community event has been announced, taking place on Saturday 18th March from 11am until 3pm at St John’s Church in the centre of town.
Following similar events held in February and November 2022, this latest event will showcase and provide an update on the eleven projects that make up the Glastonbury Town Deal, together bringing £23.6million government investment into the town.
Two of the eleven Glastonbury Town projects – Glastonbury Community Sports & Leisure Hub and Glastonbury Abbey Piazza – have already been granted planning permission, with several others having filed planning applications or being close to doing so.
Starting this year, the intention is to hold an annual event in March to provide the local community with updates on the progress of each of the Glastonbury Town Deal projects, with all the Town Deal funding having to be spent by the end of March 2026.
Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Chair of the Glastonbury Town Deal Board, said: “We’re starting to see some real, tangible progress with the Glastonbury Town Deal projects now so this is a great opportunity for people to learn about what’s been happening behind the scenes, better understand the opportunities and benefits that the eleven projects will bring, and to find out how to get involved as a local supplier or project volunteer. These are very exciting times for Glastonbury and we’re keen to get as many local residents and businesses involved as possible. This will be our first community event held on a weekend with all projects involved, so we hope that will make the day even more accessible for everyone to come along and find out more.”
Glastonbury was one of 101 towns chosen to receive investment through the government’s Towns Fund scheme as part of its Levelling Up agenda. Following the submission of comprehensive Business Cases for each project, formal confirmation of £23.6million funding was received in September 2022, securing this once-in-a-generation funding that is set to revitalise the town.
The Glastonbury Town Deal projects aim 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 they want and need. The vision is for Glastonbury to be a sustainable, prosperous, modern town and global tourist centre, drawing on its rural landscape, history and unique legacy.