Funding proposed for St Georges and Gower Street

Telford & Wrekin Council proposes to pump £650,000 in its budget for the new financial year to support regeneration in St Georges and to refurbish the former youth centre building on Gower Street.

Funding proposed for St Georges and Gower Street

The Council’s budget proposals for 2015/16 were published today and include regeneration in St Georges, which has been made possible by the Council’s sound financial management.

The former Youth club at Gower Street was saved from demolition early last year following intervention by ward councillors Richard Overton and John Minor and a community group who all want to ensure the grade two listed building’s future within the local community.

If the budget is approved, it is expected that work on the former Gower St youth club will start late 2015 together with other investments to support the regeneration of the centre of St Georges.

Councillor Overton said: “We’re delighted to have a solution for this much loved building which will deliver a full refurbishment of the building.

“We will be working with the local community, the Gower Street Group and local stakeholders to establish the best use for the building to ensure it has a sustainable future.

“The money in the budget for regeneration in St Georges will also provide much needed improvement works to the Square and the Timbers Roundabout which we have been trying to secure for a considerable time.

“It is about time St Georges received funding to deliver regeneration improvements for our local community.”

Councillor John Minor, borough ward member for St Georges, said: “This is brilliant news for the local community and for the building.

“We now need to work with stakeholders like the Gower Heritage and Enterprise Group, St Georges Partnership Board and the Parish Council to develop a business plan for the building.”