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Exciting Prospects in Walsall Town Deal Bid

Published on 04 February 2021 Print

Walsall and Bloxwich are among 100 towns selected to get a share of the fund which aims to transform the economic growth prospect of towns with a focus on improved transport, digital connectivity, skills, enterprise and urban regeneration linked to higher value jobs. Bloxwich and Walsall towns, together with surrounding eligible areas have now submitted their proposals to government, with the aim of securing the maximum £25milllion available for each, a combined total of £50million.

A range of projects ideas have been developed by Walsall Council working together with public sector partners, agencies, education providers and the voluntary sector,  who have come together with local business leaders to create a Town Deal Board. The main board is supported by an Advisory Board for each of Bloxwich and Walsall to ensure that local people and key stakeholders can help shape the projects, together with a vision for their town.

Projects included in the submission to government include;

For Bloxwich projects that would:

•           Promote health and active travel

•           Develop construction skills through the remediation of brownfield derelict sites and existing dwellings

•           Support employment, skills and economic growth through a Community Capital Fund

•           Establish a multi-agency incubation space and digital access centre

•           Support the community & improve health through a green Bloxwich. 

In Walsall the projects would include:

•           A Construction Skills Academy

•           An Advanced Vehicle Technology Training Centre

•           A performing arts venue

•           Improved active connectivity to Town Centres and employment locations

•           A Digital Skills Hub

•           A Town Centre Community Learning Campus

•           A Social Enterprise and Creative Arts Centre

•           Active Public Spaces

•           Supporting Employment, Skills and Economic Growth through a Community Capital Fund

Speaking about the submission, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew said:

“This is an important step in a project to develop a long-term, sustainable plan for Bloxwich and Walsall. The Town Deal Fund has given us a unique opportunity to bid for funding that can invest in the employment and training infrastructure of these communities and create genuine opportunities for residents as well as improve our green spaces. My thanks to members of the boards who have given freely of their time and experience to help us reach this milestone.”

Chair of the Town Deal Board and CEO of Jhoots Group, Manjit Jhooty said:

“As chair of the Town Deal Board and founder of a Walsall Business where I was born, I believe we have developed a range of interventions that address our challenges, builds on our strengths and ensures Walsall is a place where people want to work, live, play and learn and also delivers real opportunities for all residents.”

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said:

“I congratulate everyone who has contributed to producing these excellent bids which are critical for further future investment in Bloxwich and Walsall. I strongly support Walsall Council’s bids which will be key in underpinning the recovery of these two towns. The high street has faced unprecedented challenges and we need radical solutions like this to ensure their future.”