What is the Towns Fund?
In September 2019 the Government invited over 100 towns from across the country to develop proposals for a Towns Deal as part of the £3.5 billion Towns Fund. This funding will help to increase economic growth with a focus on regeneration, improved transport, better broadband connectivity, skills and culture.
Thornaby is one of the towns eligible to bid for up to £25m from the Towns Fund pot with the opportunity to bid for more money from other national funding streams too.
More information on the scheme can be found in the Towns Fund Prospectus.
The Town Investment Plan is the first phase of Government’s Town Deal application process. The Town Deal Board is working on this plan and has identified the following priorities:
- Tackle long term vacant properties in town centre to enable new development and change of use
- Support to enhance the delivery of skills training for Thornaby residents, linked to Stockton Riverside College’s strategic aims and objectives
- New footpath and cycle infrastructure linking station, college, town centre and key residential areas and employment sites
- Addressing poor quality housing in North Thornaby
Work is now taking place to develop a masterplan to address these priorities.
Town Deal Board
The Town Deal Board is a group of local volunteer stakeholders who support the development of the investment plan. Made up of key public and private sector bodies, these people will provide guidance and be responsible for the production of the Thornaby Town Deal.
Members of the board are:
Mark White OBE DL Town Deal Board Chair and Chair of Governors, Education Training Collective
Councillor Nigel Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Richard McGuckin Director of Town Centre Investment, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Matt Vickers MP for Stockton South
Sylvia Walmsley Councillor for Stainsby Hill Ward, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Ray Godwin Councillor for Stainsby Hill Ward, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Mick Moore Councillor for Village Ward, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Tina Large Councillor for Mandale & Victoria Ward, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Luke Frost Councillor for Mandale & Victoria Ward, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Steve Walmsley Councillor for Mandale and Victoria Ward, Mayor of Thornaby and Chair of Thornaby Town Council
Lesley Graham Principal, Stockton Riverside College
Chris Smith Executive Director of Service Delivery and Development, Thirteen Group
Angela Lockwood Group Chief Executive, North Star Housing
Leon Jones Managing Director, Tees Active Leisure
FR Rob Desics Civic/Faith Group, St Paul’s Church, North Thornaby
Lisa Pickard Group Chief Executive, Five Lamps
James Buchanan LCP Group
Paul Gibson Director, Active Financial Planners
Julie Gilhespie Chief Executive, Tees Valley Combined Authority
Mike Baum Director, Harrison Packaging
Dermit Smith LCP Group
We will publish the meeting agendas and minutes for each town board meeting on this webpage as well as the evidence gathered as the investment plan develops.
For further information about interventions in scope, the roles of different stakeholders throughout the process and the path towards implementation of Town Deals can be viewed in the Towns Fund: further guidance.
Have your say
We want to know your thoughts on how you think we can shape the future of Thornaby. We want to hear your ideas, suggestions, concerns and ideas for opportunities. Visit the MyTown website to have your say. All of the suggestions you make via the My Towns page will be sent directly to us.
You can view further information on the Town Deals on the Gov.uk website.