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Helping Community and Economic Regeneration

Summer 2022

Bridport Town Council is working with local businesses to develop an Investment Plan for Bridport. The plan will form the basis for funding bids to improve the Town Centre and support local businesses in undertaking the transition to a net zero future.

Details of the Government’s new Shared Prosperity Funding package are emerging. The Town Council recognises that a coherent plan developed with widespread stakeholder engagement will put Bridport in a good position to secure the much-needed funding required to support community and economic regeneration.

Throughout Summer the Town Council has been engaging in conversations with businesses, both individually and through representatives bodies: Bridport Business Chamber, the Federation of Small Businesses, and Totally Locally Bridport. An online questionnaire has been available throughout July and August as a means of collecting responses and investment proposals for consideration.

During September a series of open meetings will be held targeted at local businesses to share the findings from the online questionnaire, discuss investment priorities and agree how an Investment Plan for Bridport will be developed and used.

Proposed Meeting schedule:

  • Wednesday 7th September – exploring jobs, skills and technology needs;
  • Thursday 8th September – investing in transport, access and movement;
  • Wednesday 14th September – exploring the arts, heritage and cultural offer of Bridport;
  • Thursday 15th September – investing in the green economy.

All investment sessions will open at 17.00 for viewing of questionnaire output and related information – at 17.45 there will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A on the selected theme. Meetings will close at 18.30.

All meetings to be held at the LSI, East Street, Bridport or Mountfield (tbc).

Refreshments will be available from 17.00.

Levelling Up

The government is making big changes to the way they support local economic growth,  announcing a series of new funding programmes. Bridport Town Council is committed to the regeneration of the town centre to support local businesses, and to address the challenge of a net zero future. Investment is needed to improve access and movement, local transport links as well as underpinning our unique arts and culture offer.

Government is looking to decentralise power and work more directly with local partners and communities across England, who are best placed to understand the needs of their local areas and more closely aligned to the local economic geographies to deliver quickly on the ground.

To secure new funding, Bridport’s businesses and community will need to come together and propose a programme of regeneration projects suitable for funding. The Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan 2020 – 2036 provides five key themes for community and economic investment in Bridport:

  • Investing in jobs, skills and technology;
  • Improving transport;
  • Investing in the arts, heritage and cultural offer
  • Improving access and movement; (see Access and Movement Study for project proposals)
  • Investing in the environmental offer.

These themes fit well with investment ideas for High Streets, including:
Saving the high street: 10 quickfire solutions for the UK and beyond – Positive News

Net Zero Transition is Key

A key element for any successful funding bid will be the need for the local economy to move quickly toward a net zero future. Projects and proposals will need to demonstrate a contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing the wider community for an all renewable energy system by 2050.

Go to the online Bridport Investment Plan Questionnaire : https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/O7JEVX/

Closing date for submissions 30 August 2022

Or contact: david.dixon@bridport-tc.gov.uk

 

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