HARLOW residents are soon going to be asked for their opinions on plans to revolutionise the town centre, as the council moves into the next stage of bidding to secure funding.
Harlow Council has announced that after a successful bid for a share of the Government High Streets Fund, Harlow has been shortlisted for the next stage of bidding. Further work will take place to firm up future funding.
Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Mark Ingall, said “While this is good news we’re not popping the champagne corks just yet.
“Our Council was congratulated for the quality of a bid we made to successfully secure £150,000 which will fund the development of plans for the town centre. If our bid is successful it has the ability to unlock further money.”
The success of the council’s bid will make improvement to the town centre available in 2020; however the Council’s Town Centre Area Action Plan is still in its draft stages.
“The plan aims to develop the town centre beyond just a place to shop, but to also enhance the town centre’s leisure and cultural offer, provide decent housing for all, improve the layout of the whole town centre and how it is accessed by public transport. Further consultation on the draft plan will take place this year.”
Cllr Ingall added “As our shopping habits have changed modern town centres are now not just for shopping, they are a place for leisure and cultural activities, for socialising and living and a place to access a range of public services.
“The council does not own much of the town centre so we will work with various building and land owners to bring proposals forward. This has the potential to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the town centre which will only be successful if we all work together; if we can get through the next stage and successfully get millions of pounds of funding the whole of the town centre could be completely transformed.”