with safe and resilient towns
Embracing the opportunity to reimagine and recreate our open spaces – for resilient and thriving town centres, which in turn will lead to happy and strong communities
The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has had a significant impact on the lives and health of many Powys citizens, but it has also had severe economic consequences. The lockdown had an immediate impact on the way in which our town centres operate, with many businesses being required to close for a significant period of time.
The attention now turns to making our public realm areas safe, gaining the public’s confidence to return to the high streets and ensuring our local businesses and high streets remain viable.
Elements of the Transforming Towns 2020/21 budget allocation was repurposed to allow Town Councils, working with businesses to apply for funding to support social distancing changes required in town centres in Powys and Ceredigion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Work will be continuing with Highways colleagues during 2021/2022.
Future funding secured by Powys County Council from Welsh Government for the Mid-Wales region focuses on a ‘placemaking’ funding package to help Powys and Ceredigion town centres build back better.
The Transforming Towns Place Making Grant offers support for a wide range of projects, from green infrastructure developments to internal and external commercial and residential improvements for business owners.
Under the 2021-22 funding programme, an initial 12 towns have been identified in the region to guide investment. However, we would welcome project proposals from any town within the region under the Placemaking grant. Find out more in the documents below.