“We must seize this moment” – that’s the rallying call from Rachel ahead of the inaugural meeting of the Redditch Town Deal Board.
Last year, Rachel secured a Town Deal worth up to £25 million for Redditch which will drive economic regeneration and unlock the full potential of the town.
Now, the Redditch Town Deal Board is coming together for the first time on Thursday (January 30th) to put together the town’s ambitious bid for the investment secured through the Town Deal.
The Board will drive the vision and strategy and will produce a Town Investment Plan which will then be submitted to Government to access the up to £25 million.
It’s hoped the Town Deal will boost Redditch’s economy and productivity through urban regeneration, skills and enterprise structure and through connectivity.
Ahead of the Town Deal Board meeting, Rachel said: “We must seize this moment and be ambitious for Redditch as we meet for the first time to put together a game-changing bid which will unlock the town’s full potential.
“£25 million is a lot of money and residents will quite rightly expect us to ensure it will be spent on projects and ideas which will improve their town for generations to come.
“We need Redditch to be a great place to live, work and play. The regeneration of the town centre is vital to this. When I speak to residents on the doorstep what they want to see is more things for families to do in the town centre. More bars and restaurants opening in the evening and leisure activities for families – that’s what we need to see.
“But if we’re going to regenerate the town centre we need residents to be able to get there, and that means improving public transport at the same time. Through the Town Deal we have an opportunity to improve Redditch’s bus network and this is what I’ll be pushing for as we move forward with the bid.
One of Rachel’s central missions is to also ensure Redditch is at the heart of future technologies.
Rachel added: “Redditch needs to be future proofed, and by that I mean we must ensure our town is ready for technologies and businesses of the future, that it has the skilled workforce businesses will need, as well as making Redditch a great place to live and play.
“There’s no reason why Redditch can’t be one of the UK’s leading tech hubs and this is something I’ll be pushing for as we forge ahead with the town’s ambitious bid for the up to £25 million investment.”