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Find out about proposals to enhance the River Biss and improve public spaces in Trowbridge at public drop-in event

Proposed design options for enhancing the River Biss and improving public spaces in Trowbridge town centre are at the heart of the next public drop-in event to be held at Trowbridge Town Hall on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Published 8 November 2022

Local residents and businesses are invited to come to the Old Court Room on the ground floor of the Town Hall from 2.30pm to 6pm to find out more about these projects which are part of the £16 million Future High Streets Fund investment in Trowbridge town centre.

In addition, the display panels for the refurbishment of Trowbridge Town Hall will also be on display for those who may not have been able to attend the previous event.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "We have spent a lot of time developing these schemes so we can get to a stage where we can share the design options with local people. By attending this event we hope people will have a greater understanding of how all these schemes are linked together to help improve the vibrancy of Trowbridge town centre in the future.

"This is an exciting time for Trowbridge so we would encourage local people to come and see the designs, talk to the project team who will be available to answer any questions you may have and to give us your views which will help shape the final designs."

Following the event, the display information and a survey will be online until the end of November 2022 so anyone not able to attend this event can still provide their comments.

Towns Fund - Future High Streets Fund

The Future High Streets Fund aims to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability.

In total, 72 places will share up to £831 million from the Future High Streets Fund to help them recover from the pandemic by improving transport links, building new homes and transforming underused spaces.

Applications were invited for the Government fund, and Trowbridge was one of 100 towns shortlisted. In December 2020, Wiltshire Council was provisionally awarded £16,347,056 for Trowbridge. In May 2021 this funding was formally awarded. Originally £8.1 million was allocated from FHSF and it has now been established that an additional £540,000 is required ensure the scheme is viable. The council is liaising with central government about the possible reallocation of funds between the FHSF projects to ensure the set funding and delivery timescales can be met.

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