Question from: County Councillor Matthew Dorrance Subject: Transforming Towns Project
Towns are vital to environmental, economic, social and cultural well-being.
But many towns are struggling in the wake of declining retail sales and the way we use town centres changing.
The Welsh Government has established the Transforming Towns project which includes measures to increase footfall by making sure the public sector locates services in town centre locations, deals with empty buildings and land to help bring them back into use and the greening of our town centres.
To support this the Welsh Labour Government has announced a £90 million investment package to transform’ town centres. Investments include:
£36 million for town centre regeneration projects, extending the current Welsh Government capital programme for a further year and bringing in an anticipated total investment of almost £58 million;
£13.6 million to tackle empty and dilapidated buildings and land. Enabling enable local authorities to take enforcement action to bring empty buildings and land back into use;
£10 million of additional funding for the Town Centre Loans scheme, taking the total to £41.6 million, to bring vacant and underutilised buildings back into use in our town centres;
£5 million funding for Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity within town centres. This will support greening projects which will deliver environmental benefits and make town centres more attractive places to visit.
What discussions is the Cabinet having with the Welsh Government in relation to the Transforming Towns project and how will it ensure that Brecon does not miss out on this important opportunity?