Regeneration Fund Could Help Town To Stay Vibrant

A Market Town Regeneration Fund has been launched by Central Bedfordshire Council. Under the scheme up to £4 million is available across the authority's area, and bids will be accepted between £25,000 and £1 million.

To qualify for the money, the bids have to be matched by 50% funding. On Monday evening next week, Houghton Regis Town Councillors will be deliberating over whether or not to bid for this funding. Clearly they will need to have an objective and need to explain the impact of anything they decide. If they decide to go ahead with a bid, they only have until 29th February 2016 to apply.

Current thinking is that there are things that need doing in the town centre to make it a continued viability, and to keep it a vibrant place that attracts shoppers. Some ideas discussed will have staffing implications. The 50% matched funding could come from banked reserves, or be loaded onto the Council Tax precept.

Ideas that councillors have already discussed in the Town Council Plan include:

  • Improving railings outside Roger Marsh estate agents
  • A bandstand
  • A town clock
  • A Town Ranger scheme
  • Public Art
  • Public noticeboard
  • Flower beds, hanging baskets, regeneration of bushes plot in front of Church car park.
  • Improving (flattening) disabled parking at Church Square car park.
  • Establishment of central refuges in pedestrian crossings.
  • Making a disabled access for 1st floor shops
  • Creating a small market
  • Shop Local campaign
  • Improvements to shop fronts, loading bays, and better screening of shop bins
More information about the scheme can be found in the Town Council Agenda, which can be downloaded here:

Market stall on Fridays.

Regeneration Fund Could Help Town To Stay Vibrant - what would you improve in the town and why?
Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Friday, 4 December 2015


Recently Popular

Ashberry Homes New Showhome Open At Bidwell

New TV Documentary to Feature Whipsnade Zoo

CBC Urge Residents to Complete Economic Survey

Give blood during the Easter holidays

Act With Caution If You Ever Receive A Suspicious Email

Take the Walking Challenge in September's Walking Festival !

First Meeting of Chief Constable's New Advisory Panel

More Popular Stories

Lidl Plans For 1.2million sq ft Regional Distribution Centre

Angry Resident Wants Peace Back as Chalk Pit Tourism Takes Off

L&D Hospital Mani Car Park Closes From 13 July - Bigger Car Park To Be Built

Consultation on New Secondary School in Houghton Regis

Bidwell Heights - Go Ahead for New Build Despite Crime Concerns

Houghton Regis Academy Closure - Public Meeting 10 March

Plans For 66 bed care Home, Nursery & Shops at Lower Thorn Village

Police Appeal After Man Robbed in Houghton Regis

Amazon Prime Scam Has Cost Victims More Than £1m

Supermarket Responds to Criticism that Shelves & Fridges were Empty

Houghton Regis local news, events, council news, going on in Houghton Regis and nearby villages, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter


Houghton Regis News Desk

Contact HRND
HRND on Facebook
Facebook Archive
HR Clubs & Societies
Fix My Street
Story Index
HRND Pinterest
HRND on Twitter
Other Group Sites
Luton News Desk
Dunstable News Desk
Editors Blog
More Group Links