Grants available to help town centres reopen safely
28 August 2020
£200,000 of Welsh Government Transforming Towns funding has been made available for towns across Mid Wales to fund adaptions in town centres to facilitate trading and public safety in response to Coronavirus.
The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the lives and health of many Powys citizens, but it has also had severe economic consequences. The lockdown had an immediate impact on the way in which our town centres operate, with many businesses being required to close for a significant period of time.
Cllr James Evans, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:
"As we start to return to a new normal, it is recognised that social distancing measures will need to be introduced in our town centres to support the reopening of all town centre businesses and encourage people to safely return to the high street with confidence.
"As we begin to plan for this safe, resilient future, this is the opportunity to look at things differently, to rebalance our public spaces and to work in partnership to develop safe and resilient towns which #SupportLocalPowys and create happy, strong communities."
The grant is available for town councils, and legally constituted regeneration groups to make applications that benefit groups of businesses.
Examples of eligible projects could be:
- Outdoor tables, chairs, and seating provision.
- Outdoor screening, bollards, planters.
- The establishment of parklets (using parking spaces and the provision of decking on which to construct timber structures so providing small covered areas offering some weather protection).
- Electricity supply and lighting to outdoor trading space.
All proposals would need to be delivered in accordance with current guidance on social distancing requirements and should not impede pedestrian traffic on pavements, pathways or public realm areas.
The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020. For more details on the grant, the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://www.growinpowys.com/transforming-towns