Dunstable Town Centre Manager Clare Brett on the market regeneration fund

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As I have been getting lots of enquiries about the Town Council’s bid for Market Town Regeneration Funding, I thought I had better give you an update. You may remember that back in November, Central Bedfordshire Council launched the £4m Market Town Regeneration Fund? The fund was to help improve local market towns and town councils could apply for a share of the capital funding for projects to boost vibrancy and growth. Well, Dunstable Town Council has just been awarded a total of £610,000, for the following projects:

>Enhanced town centre cleansing which will include routine sweeping, spot weeding, jet washing and fly posting and graffiti removal.

>Architectural lighting of important historic buildings that are also gateways to the town centre, including Priory House and Grove House.

>Priory House restoration feasibility study which is required by Historic England to establish the work needed to remove Priory House from their ‘at risk’ register.

>New entrance features for Priory Gardens designed to complement the entrance to Grove House Gardens.

>New Splash Park for Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground, including the provision of a new cafeteria.

>Quadrant Shopping Centre refurbishment grant to contribute to the investment from the owners in refurbishing the centre, conditional on the re- opening of the public toilets.

>Town centre signage and street furniture for the town centre once the de-trunking of the A5 is complete.

Keep a check on my Blog for further updates and progress over the coming months: