A statement from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils following the announcement that Stowmarket and Sudbury’s bids to the Government's Future High Streets Fund has been unsuccessful in progressing to the next phase.
Cllr Gerard Brewster, cabinet member for economic growth at Mid Suffolk District Council, said:
“We are disappointed to not have the chance to take part in the next stage. The additional resource would have been a great boost, but this does not mean we stop here. Stowmarket needs support to regenerate and to help the community thrive in a very challenging environment.
“We were up against over 300 other towns across the country so we knew it would be a challenge. We will continue to work with the local council and our partners to ensure we keep moving forward and work to achieve the actions set our 5-year Vision for Prosperity action plan. The VfP Action Plan brings together some major projects to ensure Stowmarket's long-term future as the main centre in the District and paves the way for even more projects.
"We are currently working on building a Vision statement for Stowmarket, bringing together some fantastic initiatives and projects, helping the town achieve the community’s ambitions.”
Cllr Michael Holt, cabinet member for economic growth at Babergh District Council, said:
“This is not the news we wanted, but we will continue to support our market town centres and high streets to regenerate and this will remain a priority. It’s important that our towns develop and are sustainable, and we encourage our residents and businesses to get involved by telling us how they would like to see their community evolve, what is important to them and what makes their town special.
“Sudbury is a significate heritage visitor destination town in the district, which is recognised as part of our Vision for Prosperity action plan. The plan will work towards enabling the town centre to attract more visitors, boost the local economy, develop opportunities and invest in improved facilities in the town centre.
"We were unsuccessful in Future High Street Fund bid but we will continue to invest in the area, actively seek further funding opportunities and support the town in realizing its full potential. We will work with our community partners to develop and encourage some fantastic investment projects to improve local business prospects and the quality of life for residents.”