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Views Sought On Whitby’s Future For Towns Fund Bid

Views Sought On Whitby’s Future For Towns Fund Bid

Published by Karen Liu at 6:02am 7th March 2020.

Whitby residents and businesses being asked for their views on a bid for a 'Towns Fund'.

Following the announcement in January of a new partnership in Whitby to develop a bid for a share of the Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund, there will be an opportunity for people to contribute their views and opinions towards a draft blueprint for Whitby.

There is a public drop-in event today (Saturday 7th March) at The Coliseum Centre on Victoria Place, between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

The event will be hosted by Scarborough Borough Council and external consultants, AECOM, BE Group and Hemingway Design, who have experience advising on and preparing blueprints for similar locations.

Anyone attending will be able to ask questions and share their feedback.

The project team is particularly interested in hearing people’s views on what is great about living in Whitby and what should be included in the town’s vision for the next ten years, to stimulate greater economic, cultural and social wellbeing.

This will include seeking people’s opinion on emerging regeneration projects and ideas for future projects.

The geographical scope for the bid to the Towns Fund covers the urban area of Whitby, including Whitby Business Park and Ruswarp.

Anyone that can’t attend today is invited to have their say on what they think should be included in the draft blueprint through the Government's 'My Town' campaign.

Suggestions can be made via the #mytown website at mytown.communities.gov.uk

An additional public drop-in event will be held in early summer to update people on the progress of the blueprint.

The final proposal will be agreed by Whitby Town Board and Scarborough Borough Council for submission to the Government by September 2020.

Cllr Liz Colling, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth said:

“Our borough has always had to innovate and evolve to keep pace with change and it’s very important that this continues.

Through the development of the bid, there is an exciting opportunity for our local community to get involved in shaping the future of Whitby and contributing their creative ideas for how it could thrive in the future.”

Gareth Edmunds, Chair of the Whitby Town Deal Board, added:

“The potential Town Deal funding is a real opportunity for Whitby.

The board would like as much input from local residents as possible to help shape our bid and make sure it reflects local priorities.

Competition for funding will be very competitive and that’s why we want to work together to develop the best investment plan possible for the town.”

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