The bid is to secure funding from the Government’s £4.8 billion ‘Levelling Up Fund’, which supports town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects and cultural and heritage assets.
If successful, the pot of money would be used to transform flagship sites on Weston seafront and high street, including:
- Tropicana – transforming the site into an 8,000-capacity outdoor events facility, along with flexible spaces for cultural and creative economy uses
- Birnbeck – supporting the restoration of the pier by the RNLI
- Sovereign Centre – delivering phase 2 of the development plans for the retail store - reusing vacant spaces, introducing vibrant food and drink options, and becoming a beacon of sustainable activity in the town centre
- Town centre wayfinding improvements – to drive Weston’s 5m visitors and local residents to the high street, seafront destinations and coastal routes due to open next year
Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy, at North Somerset Council, said: “A great deal of work has gone in to the bid for the Levelling Up Fund, ensuring we meet the criteria to stand a good chance of being successful in securing this transformational pot of money.
“If we’re awarded the government grant, these plans will help define Weston town centre as a place for people to work and spend their leisure time. The Fund is highly competitive, but we are committed to continuingly seek to invest in Weston’s town centre and hope that this bid forms part of that future investment.”
A decision on whether the bid is successful will be made in the autumn.