Thirteen towns across the South West have been awarded grants of up to £20 000 to help residents to design the future of their region.
The programme is run by the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative, which is looking to fund the development of ‘vibrant, healthy and sustainable’ towns through community involvement. Participants will help set up long-term regeneration plans taking in the social, economic, environmental and cultural elements of each town and its surrounding area.
‘This programme offers the opportunity for a community to come together around a shared purpose and for a town to develop in a way that its community would wish to see, rather than having changes imposed upon them,’ says MCTI chief executive James Hassett.
MCTI was established in 2004 and is supported by the South West of England Regional Development Agency and English Heritage. More than 30 towns applied to join the initiative through a two-stage process between July and December last year. For a list of successful regions see www.mcti.org.uk.