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Trowbridge shortlisted for government cash - will we all be cycling along the Trowbridge canal?

August 26, 2019 9:18 PM

The good news here is the possibility of improving the town for pedestrians and cyclists - Trowbridge is a lousy place for cycling at the moment with only a few derisory and inconvenient tracks. It's unlikely there'll be much improvement as WC doesn't recognise the problem, but there is at least some hope.

It's previously been pointed out on this website that WC had to invent a canal as part of the bid, hoping nobody would spot that it doesn't exist. The good news is that the government didn't notice. Let's hope they continue not to notice and that the full funding follows.

(See previous article)

Here's today's WC release, slightly edited to improve legibility:

The Future High Streets fund is £675m of central government cash that is open for applications from towns and cities throughout England. The fund aims to support high streets as they change to meet the needs and expectations of communities.

The Trowbridge expression of interest recognised a range of opportunities that could help transform the centre. It focused on the main aspects of the town's masterplan, ensuring that the key assets of the river, parks, canal and historic buildings provide a range of quality spaces and environments, along with improving leisure and shopping opportunities.

The bid for funding in the town includes resources to help improve traffic and to encourage walking and cycling by improving access; enhancements to Castle Place and the Town Hall; and an assessment of development potential around Court Street and Castle Street.

As the bid has been shortlisted the Government will now release some initial funding to help develop these proposals in more detail. At this stage there will be a full consultation with businesses, the community and stakeholders.

The Future High Streets Fund bid for Salisbury has also been shortlisted.