It hasn’t been the best week for our national sport, but Bloxwich has had an amazing boost this week with confirmation of up to £21.3m of Government funding to rejuvenate employment and travel for local residents, parks and other green spaces and community spaces and infrastructure.
The funding is from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund and an investment plan for Bloxwich was submitted in January 2021. A range of project ideas were 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 Bloxwich to ensure that local people and key stakeholders can help shape the projects, together with a vision for Bloxwich.
The funding offer was confirmed yesterday by the Right Honourable Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who came to Bloxwich to meet with Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council and Eleanor Boycott, the CEO of Bloxwich Community Partnership and advisory board member.
Councillor Andrew said:
“It was great to welcome the Secretary of State to Bloxwich to see the excellent work the Bloxwich Advisory Board and the Council have already delivered with the Accelerator Fund and the ambitious plans we have for Bloxwich from the wider Towns Fund. Along with Eleanor from the Bloxwich Advisory group, the local MP and local councillors guided the Secretary of State on a tour of Bloxwich to showcase our plans for the future. As a local man from Wolverhampton Mr Jenrick knows the area so he was very pleased to see the progress that is being made levelling up in the Midlands.
“The £21.3 million Towns Fund award from the Government for Bloxwich is a massive boost for the town and will help us build back better in Bloxwich”.
“We have such a strong vision for how we want Bloxwich to thrive and flourish and to have confirmation of this funding is just incredible. I would like to thank all of the local people who have been part of bringing the vision to life and I just can’t wait to see things start to happen.
“Getting this news during the week of Black Country Day is bostin’.”
Note to Editor
Bloxwich has proposed a range of projects that will contribute towards achieving its vision. These include:
- Active travel & connectivity — promoting healthy travel and links between the centre and employment area
- Promotion of construction skills through regeneration
- Community capital fund
- Incubation space and digital access centre
- Green Bloxwich — improving community health and wellbeing, eg creating green outdoor spaces