Cash injection to kickstart town centre regeneration

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A POT of £10,000 has been granted to Daventry to help the public and local authorities work together to improve the town centre.

Daventry Town Team has been named as a National Town Team Partner by the government and will receive £10,000.

The team was backed by Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris in applying for the money, as part of a nationwide high street review carried out by retail and fashion guru Mary Portas.

Sally Halson, manager of the Daventry Business Partnership and leader for the town team said: “We are delighted at being named a Town Team Partner and in receiving the cash injection.

“The town team provides a great opportunity for us all to work together in improving the town centre as well as developing a long term vision for it which reflects the views of all interested parties.

“The funding and support package is a fantastic boost and gives the team a great kickstart in putting some of the initial ideas into action.”

The town team operates on two layers: the public, town centre workers, businesses and others get together to discuss the direction they want the town centre to take, and then a body made up of local councils, the business partnership, the police and others work to achieve those goals.

Mrs Halson said: “We now need more people to join the team and are particularly keen to hear from those community organisations, local businesses and individuals who are passionate about Daventry and want to make a real difference to the town’s future.”

A date for the next public meeting has yet to be set but it is expected after the Christmas period.

Previously the group identified the town’s image as something to work on – with litter and dog mess being tackled, and better branding to create an identity for Daventry.

For more information on the town team the Daventry Business Partnership on 01327 828391.