Colchester’s £25 million Town Deal bid submitted

Colchester’s £25 million Town Deal bid submitted

A multi-million-pound bid by We Are Colchester to fund several projects around the town has been submitted to the government.

Over 1000 individuals, groups and businesses submitted their views on how Colchester can be improved following a successful bid. These ideas were developed into several projects under the broad themes of how we live, grow, and connect. The bid to fund these projects has now been submitted by the We Are Colchester board.

We Are Colchester is a dynamic partnership involving public, private and voluntary organisations that was formed in January 2020.

Board chair and local businessman, Simon Blaxill, said: “I believe that we have submitted a very strong bid for this money. The list of projects chosen will make a long lasting, positive difference to our town.

“They will promote skills development, create jobs for local people, make our communities more attractive and with better facilities. The Town Deal provides Colchester with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make our town an even better place to live, work and visit.”

The list of projects includes:

  • the creation of digital work hubs
  • transforming facilities for young people
  • a digital skills hub at the Wilson Marriage Centre (Magdalene Street)
  • public realm improvements in the town centre
  • restoration of 1,000-year-old Holy Trinity Church and the first phase in restoring our iconic Victorian water tower ‘Jumbo’
  • transformation of community facilities in Greenstead
  • the accelerated introduction of 5G
  • improved walking and cycling links across the town.

We Are Colchester expects to hear before February 2021 whether it has been successful in getting all or part of the money.

Find more information about the Towns Fund on GOV.UK.

Last updated 30 October 2020