STAPLEFORD TOWN £25m REGENERATION BID
Stapleford’s bid to boost its town centre has been submitted to the government on the 29th of January. Paul Sweeney, our director of the Stapleford Branch is vice chair of the executive committee set up over a year ago to produce a “once in a generation” proposal to unlock up to £25m from the government to help regenerate the town improving the facilities, not just for the local residential and business communities but also to encourage new investment into the area and really put Stapleford on the map and make it a fantastic place to live and work. It is hoped a favourable decision will be made by the government later this spring and work can then start on a number of exciting new projects. These include:
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 and better town cycle facilities, including secure bike parking.
Safer roads – 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.