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Council bids for Government money for Melksham and Trowbridge

June 22, 2021 12:07 PM

Wiltshire Council has submitted bids for £14m of Government funding to pay for projects in Melksham and Trowbridge which would provide opportunities and improvements for both towns.

The bids are part of the Government's Levelling Up Fund, which aims to invest in infrastructure projects that improve everyday life across the UK. The £4.8bn fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets.

One of the bids, of around £5m, is to fund the plans to refurbish Melksham House. The plan is to renovate Melksham House as a multifunctional hub while maintaining the building's cultural and historical importance.

The provision of flexible workspaces will help support local businesses and reduce the town's exposure to losses of local employment opportunities, reduce out of town commuting and provide a base for workers looking for a collaborative, co-working environment. The House would also include multi-purpose community space.

Set alongside the new Melksham Campus, this project would help that area become a centre of activity for the town, driving footfall and business opportunity to the area. Any plans would be subject to the normal planning process, with residents and stakeholders able to provide feedback and comments.

The council's bid has the support of Michelle Donelan MP and Melksham Town Council.

The second bid is for £9.4m for changes around Trowbridge Longfield Gyratory to improve capacity and allow for faster journeys along the A361 and for easier access to central Trowbridge.

The new connections would facilitate easier access to the town centre for residents, improving their access to local facilities and services. This would also allow them to benefit from town centre improvements to be delivered as part of the Future High Streets Fund, ensuring that all residents can experience benefits from town improvements and levelling up in Trowbridge.

The council's bid for this funding has the support of Andrew Murrison MP and Trowbridge Town Council.

The council expects to hear the outcome of the bids by the autumn.

The Levelling Up Fund has other application windows and the council will consider future bids for further funding for different projects.