Thursday, February 25, 2021

News: New £4m fund aims to reinvigorate Rotherham's towns and villages

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A new £4m Towns and Villages Improvement Fund aims to help reinvigorate town and village centres across the Rotherham borough.

The fund, which was supported by Rotherham Council’s Cabinet as part of its 2021/22 capital budget last week, will be used to brighten up neglected areas in smaller town and village centres, helping to restore confidence and a little civic pride in communities and also support local businesses.

The cabinet paper explains: "Outside of the main town centre, Rotherham has a number of villages and townships that have commercial centres. In many of these, the physical infrastructure has not received investment for a number of years.

"Attractive village and town centres are critical to the wellbeing of the communities who live near to them and use them regularly. They are also key to ensuring that the areas feel welcoming and provide a commercial offer, in order to support businesses and the economic development of communities."

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If the scheme gets the final go ahead when the budget goes to Full Council on 3 March, it could be used to deliver a variety of physical improvements, identified as priorities by local people, organisations and ward councillors, which could include:

- Provision or replacement of street furniture, such as benches, planters, railings to improve the feel of the place, and encourage enhanced use
- Replacement of street lighting columns or improvement to lighting or CCTV to make places feel safe and secure
- Improvement of shrub beds, planting or trees
- Improvements to pavements or other public infrastructure, to improve the look and feel of village and town centres

Councillor Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “Our Rotherham Town Centre Masterplan and the numerous schemes we’re bringing forward to breathe new life into our main commercial centre are well-known, but as that work progresses it’s also right that where we can we also invest in our local centres.

“Attractive village and town centres enhance the wellbeing of our communities and people who use them day-in, day-out. What we are setting out in our budget proposals is new funding to help these areas feel more welcoming, which in turn will support businesses and the economic development of communities. As the scheme rolls out, we will be keen to hear what local residents would like to see in their areas.”

Councillors in each area will be asked to develop initial expressions of interest for schemes in their area and subject to final agreement of the funding in the Council’s budget, a process for prioritisation will be developed.

Images: Google Maps

8 comments:

Graldhunter February 25, 2021 at 1:22 PM  

Great Idea! So will Bramley village be returned to its previous traffic management, rather than the current Tramac Tundra imposed by RMBC Gerald Smith?

Ziggy,  February 25, 2021 at 4:34 PM  

The first point of call would be for Streetpride to do their job and clear the huge amount of litter currently abundant in the borough!

Unknown February 25, 2021 at 6:46 PM  

You can't even look after the roads, never mind anything else Thrybergh Hall Road prime example.

AJ,  February 26, 2021 at 10:50 AM  

Should try and reduce business rates to fill the empty shops that are in these areas

Anonymous,  February 26, 2021 at 1:34 PM  

"Attractive village and town centres are critical to the wellbeing of the communities who live near to them and use them regularly" So why build a massive warehouse on the doorstep of established homes in Hellaby and Bramley then when there are already nearby commercial zones with ample space? The pollutions levels have already been recorded as been some of the worst in Yorkshire in this area so, hey, lets make it worse! I suppose that's critical to our wellbeing! I don't know what a councilor gets paid but if it's anything more than 1p then they're stealing a living!

Unknown February 26, 2021 at 8:21 PM  
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Anonymous,  February 28, 2021 at 7:42 PM  

Hopefully kilnhurst will get a makeover canal tow path could be resurfaced and some shops and a pub on Victoria Street area would be helpful.

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