Market Town Regeneration Fund
In November 2015, Central Bedfordshire Council launched the £4m Market Town Regeneration Fund. The purpose of the fund was to help improve market towns by inviting town councils to bid for a share of the capital funding for projects to boost vibrancy and growth.
Dunstable Town Council was awarded a total of £610,000 to deliver seven of eleven proposed projects, from the application. The projects are detailed below:
ENHANCED TOWN CENTRE CLEANSING SCHEME
This project will be managed under the Council’s existing Town Ranger Scheme and enhanced cleansing will include routine daily mechanical sweeping, seasonal spot weeding, quarterly jet washing of key areas, signage cleansing, quarterly chewing gum removal and fly posting, fly tipping and graffiti removal. The programme of works will add value to Central Bedfordshire Council’s existing town centre cleansing operation.
The initiative will light and therefore highlight some of the important historic buildings that are also gateways to the town centre. Lighting will include Priory House and Grove House in the first instance.
PRIORY HOUSE RESTORATION AND FEASIBILITY STUDY
A study required by Historic England (HE), will be undertaken in order to establish the full extent of the work required to remove Priory House from the HE ‘at risk’ register.
NEW ENTRANCE FEATURE FOR PRIORY GARDENS
The new entrance feature will be designed to complement the entrance to Grove House Gardens and will serving as the second phase of improving entrances to the Gardens now that the Priory Gateway has been completed.
NEW SPLASH PARK
The new Splash Park will be located in Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground and the project will include the refurbishment of the existing sports pavilion to create a new cafeteria that will serve users of the facility.
QUADRANT SHOPPING CENTRE REFURBISHMENT
The owners of the Quadrant Shopping Centre have committed to invest in both the re-opening the public toilets in the Quadrant and in carrying out some aesthetic improvements to the Centre itself. The Market Town Regeneration Fund grant will contribute to this investment and will be conditional on the public toilets being re-opened.
TOWN CENTRE PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS
This initiative is to provide funds to go towards new public realm signage and street furniture for the town centre once the de-trunking of the A5 has been completed.