New Partnership Board to lead on regeneration and investment plans for Garstang

A Partnership Board is being created to boost the fortunes of a Lancashire market town.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:00 am

Garstang Town Council has announced plans for the creation of a new organisation to drive the development of a regeneration and investment framework for Garstang and its surrounding villages.

The council says a range of organisations and representatives will work together, including representatives from Lancaster University, Myerscough College, Lancashire County Council, Wyre Council, and Blackpool Transport on the Greater Garstang Partnership Board. Some Board members will lead on themed areas such as health and wellbeing, business and economy and education and skills.

Town Councillors Alec Allan, Alan Pearson and Richard Dyer will represent the Town Council on the board which is due to start work in April.

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High Street and Market Cross in the Wyre town of Garstang

The initiative is being funded through part of a £300,000 Wyre Council fund which has been set up to support such work across the borough The town and district also hope to benefit from other post-Covid recovery funds.

A first task will be to appoint consultants.

Coun Allan, chair of the Town Council's Market Working Group, said: "This is an exciting time for Garstang and its surrounding villages. The work involved in developing a regeneration and investment framework will allow us to identify projects which will benefit local people and form the basis of bids for funding for those projects."

He said that as funds to help the county recover from the Covid-19 pandemic became available the Board would "need to be in a good position to bid for those funds with projects which are evidenced based and costed”.

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