Plans to transform Stapleford town centre have been given the go ahead by the Government, following today’s announcement that the town is to receive £21.1million funding as part of the Towns Fund initiative.
The funding will see investment in:
Community Leisure Hub
A new cutting-edge Community Leisure Hub pavilion for fitness classes, dancing, club groups, elections, meetings and event hire and more.
Cycle ‘Super Highway’
To encourage more people to travel in a more sustainable way, the Town Deal funding will vastly improve the local cycle infrastructure through:
- New and improved cycle routes that connect Stapleford to the National Cycle Network 67; the northern and southern fringes of Stapleford to the town centre; and Stapleford to Toton Tram station and the future East Midlands Hub Station
- Better town cycle facilities, including secure bike parking
To make the town centre roads safer to travel in and around by bicycle or on foot, new high street traffic calming measures will be introduced.
Better business through an Enterprise Hub
To help businesses prosper and attract people to the town, a new Enterprise Hub will be created. This will offer start-up and up-scaling space for businesses through flexible office space and an indoor/outdoor market space for pop-up events and food and drinks stalls.
COVID-19 Town Centre Recovery Grant Scheme
To help Stapleford’s high street businesses get back on track, and attract new businesses to the area, this grant scheme will be on offer for direct business support, and for development of their business premises.
Adult learning and skills centre
To offer new and improved learning opportunities for residents, the current library building will be extended to create a new adult education centre for entry level skills training. This will include an improved façade to the whole library.
Chair of the Stapleford Town Deal Executive Board, Ian Jowett said: “Stapleford has always been a town with big potential so it’s fantastic that the hard work of so many local businesses, organisations and residents has paid off in securing this once in a lifetime funding for the town. This really is Stapleford’s time to shine as part of a prosperous new future for generations to come.”
Chair of Broxtowe Borough Council’s Jobs and Economy Committee, Councillor Tim Hallam added: “I’m so proud of our town, my home, for coming together to create such a compelling vision for Stapleford’s future. As we come out of a year of isolation and uncertainty, this funding is a massive step towards rebuilding the local economy and promoting a new sense of pride in our local area.
The projects we’ll be working on over the coming months and years will help people to develop new skills, create new opportunities, and secure Stapleford’s place as the best connected small town in Britain. I couldn’t be happier.”
It was announced in September 2019 that Stapleford had been chosen as one of the 100 towns to receive funding as part of the Government’s Towns Fund Initiative.
Following months of work and month-long consultation to ensure Stapleford residents played a key role in shaping the plans to secure the funding, a bid was submitted to Government at the end of January 2021.
For more information about the proposals and projects, visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/staplefordtowndeal