Following Redditch Borough Council’s approval of the Town Deal on Monday (January 25th), Rachel said:

“In 2019, Redditch was one of 101 towns across the country to have been selected for a Town Deal worth up to £25 million.

“Since then, and despite the pandemic, the Town Deal Board has been working hard to develop Redditch’s Town Investment Plan so we can draw down the funding we’ve been allocated. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this process.

“I’m delighted the Town Investment Plan received cross-party and unanimous support from Councillors on Redditch Borough Council Monday night. Now approved the plan can be submitted to Government.

“This funding will represent the single largest Government investment in our town Redditch has ever seen.

“The investment potentially available to Redditch through the Town Deal could be game-changing. This funding will make Redditch a town fit for the 21st Century by investing in skills, digital manufacturing, green infrastructure, town centre regeneration and transport improvements.

“I strongly believe this Town Investment Plan will not only unlock the Government funding available to Redditch, it will also act as a catalyst for further private investment in our town.

“The impact of the pandemic has made the need for this funding even greater, and I hope Government will approve our bid as soon as possible so we can continue to unlock Redditch’s full potential.”