Sutton has been successful in the Future High Streets fund following the announcement that a further 50 towns have made it through to the shortlist.
The £1billion Government fund can be used to improve access to town centres, convert empty retail units and encourage investment in the town centre.
The Council submitted their bid earlier this year and were disappointed not to have made the first 50 announced earlier this summer.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “Our officers worked hard to put together a submission that outlined a strong case for Sutton town centre. I am delighted that our hard work has now paid off.
“It was disappointing for all concerned when we didn’t make the first 50, I knew how strong our submission was and I’m pleased to see them increase the number of towns benefitting from the fund. We will now proceed in drawing up plans for the next stage.”
Following today’s announcement the Council will now wait to hear if it has been shortlisted for the second stage. If successful it will be able to access up to £150k to implement plans for Sutton town centre, that include improved pedestrian and public transport links into the town, investment in empty buildings and an improved offer within the town centre.
Cllr Zadrozny continued “The Council is fully committed to the regeneration of Sutton town centre and the recent investments from the likes of Wetherspoons and Angling Direct demonstrate that retailers share the vision too. Our investment in Idlewells indoor market is allowing independent retailers to thrive, and funding from the Future High Streets fund would allow us to build on the work and investment that has already taken place. Helping to turn Sutton into a vibrant hub where people want to shop and do business.”
The Council now awaits further details from the Government on the next stage of the funding process.