“The need to #UnlockRedditch is greater than ever” in the wake of the impact of coronavirus – Rachel has said as work on Redditch’s Town Deal bid to access up to £25 million continues.

Last week, Redditch’s Town Deal Board met again to discuss the progress that had been made in developing the town’s bid to access the funding it has been allocated by the Government.

Back in September it was revealed that Redditch was one of 100 towns across the country invited to develop proposals for a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals as a result of Rachel’s lobbying efforts.

The towns eligible for support from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund include places with proud industrial and economic heritage but have not always benefited from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas.

Redditch’s Town Deal Board, which is made up of the Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Rachel, business owners, community group leaders and education representatives, have joined forces to draw up ambitious plans to transform Redditch’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

At last week’s meeting, plans were discussed to hold a comprehensive community engagement programme, within social distancing guidelines, to ensure residents have their say on what they want to see included in Redditch’s Town Deal.

Rachel said: “The need to #UnlockRedditch is greater than ever as a result of the impact coronavirus has had on our economy.

“This vital funding for our town is still there and work is continuing on Redditch’s bid to access the full £25 million. Not only will this funding support our recovery from coronavirus, but it will future proof our town by ensuring Redditch has the skills, transport and infrastructure it needs.”