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Consultation on Levelling Up Fund

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The consultation on the longlist of proposal themes is now open and runs until Tuesday 31st May at 12noon.

The Levelling Up Fund Round 2 (LUF2) is a competitive capital grant programme administered by the Government that follows the first round of the fund, which supported £1.7 billion of projects across more than 100 areas in the UK. The prospectus for LUF2 launched on 23rd March 2022, with a closing time and date of 12noon on Wednesday 6th July 2022 for bids. The investment focus of the fund is on the following three themes:

  • Transport investments including public transport, active travel, bridge works, road improvements, aiming to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality (and more);
  • Regeneration and town centre investment building on the Towns Fund framework to upgrade dated infrastructure and regenerating brownfield sites (and more);
  • Cultural investment maintaining, regenerating, or creatively repurposing existing cultural, creative, heritage and sporting assets (and more). 

East Staffordshire Borough Council intends to make a bid of up to £20m to the LUF2 on the basis of the second and third investment theme above, leaving transport related investments for Staffordshire County Council to consider as the Local Highways Authority. It is the Council’s intention that the bid will focus on Burton upon Trent, complementing and adding value to the ongoing regeneration work in the town centre, with the UK Shared Prosperity Fund also coming forward for investment across the Borough.

In order to inform the bid, the Council has reviewed the extensive feedback received through the various Towns Fund and other consultations, as well as inviting Elected Members to put forward ideas in order to form a longlist of proposals. The longlist is thematic and identifies areas of possible investment, with detailed proposals to be then formulated over the course of the LUF2 programme, which runs to March 2025.

Market Place regeneration

A project to transform the Market Place area with new paving, lighting, seating, signage, planting, and other features. This would build on the previous Station Street and High Street projects and look to improve the look and function of the Market Place area for various future uses.

Investment in the Market Hall

Funding to invest in the Market Hall building, both to repair and renew the facility itself and to create opportunity to implement new types of uses in line with the ongoing review being undertaken by the Member Working Group. 

High Street Linkages Project Phase 2

Complementary investment in the second phase of the Towns Fund High Street Linkages project, with a primary focus on bringing forward the indoor leisure entertainment facility (such as a skate park) and the regeneration of Bass House (such as a food and drink use at the rear). 

Shopfront Improvement Scheme (Market Place)

The enhancement of the shop frontages in and around the Market Place area, looking at how a consistent and considerate design approach could be taken in order to best showcase the businesses in the area whilst highlighting the architecture of the buildings themselves.

Town Centre lighting scheme

New lighting infrastructure around the town centre in order to better showcase the town’s architecture and to create opportunities for thematic, coloured lighting patterns in order to celebrate or commemorate events. Please note: this would not replace the existing street lighting.

Development of a new live evening entertainment facility

Creation of a new and modern live entertainment space as part of the regeneration of the High Street riverside area, with capacity in excess of 500 for performances such as theatre, concert and comedy.

Ferry Bridge enhancement

Further investment in the Ferry Bridge, including new and improving lighting in order to enhance visibility during evening and night time use and for decorative purposes (similar to the above lighting scheme for the wider town centre). 

Clay Mills Junction Improvement

Improvements to the A38 junction at Clay Mills (Burton North) in order to enhance capacity and safe use as a major gateway into the town. Please note: this would be a transport project and so would need the support of Staffordshire County Council through their bid.

Washlands Bridge (smaller scheme)

Engaging with the Local Highways Authority on delivering a possible alternative Washlands bridge, looking at a smaller scheme to improve the connection between the wider Washlands and the town centre. Please note: this would be a transport project and so would need the support of Staffordshire County Council through their bid. 

Public art scheme

Introduction of a new, permanent public artwork scheme in order to celebrate the heritage of the town and publically recognised figures. Please note: Whilst a LUF2 bid would focus on Burton, this proposal would also look at extending the provision to Uttoxeter as well.

Additional facilities at Shobnall Leisure Centre

Development of new facilities at Shobnall Leisure Centre in order to create a sports hub capable of hosting major events. This would see new infrastructure such as stands and a covered track, enabling all weather use..

The consultation on this longlist of proposals is now open and will run until Tuesday 31st May at 12noon.