COUNCIL chiefs have agreed priority projects in the district.
Stratford District Council’s Cabinet confirmed six projects it would like to see completed. They include:
· Upper Avon Navigation – SDC and Warwick District Council are working with the Avon Navigation Trust (ANT) to open up the Upper Avon for navigation between Stratford and Warwick and connect to the Grand Union canal forming the ‘South Warwickshire Waterway’.
· Studley Enterprise Centre – To boost business growth and jobs in the town through the redevelopment of a county council-owned building into a ‘Venture House’ styled business centre.
· Wellesbourne Innovation Campus – To build a strong partnership with Warwick University in developing facilities for a new high technology campus at Wellesbourne – to improve economic growth and jobs.
· Priory Square Regeneration, Studley – To continue the next phase of development of a disused site in the centre of Studley, working with private developers to create a live and work scheme on the former Co-op site.
· Improved cycle routes and bike rental scheme.
· Improved electric vehicle infrastructure for Stratford.
District council infrastructure spokesman Coun Peter Richards said: “A significant amount of work has taken place to get to this point and focus on priority projects by developing business cases to a ‘shovel ready’ status is a very positive step forward. Individual projects have been considered on their own merits, on their ability to be delivered and the time scale in which they can be delivered.
“The six projects identified as priority projects are supported by the Corporate Priorities set out by this council and I am particularly pleased that cycle routes, including a rental scheme, and sustainable transport infrastructure, including support for electric vehicles, have been included as a priority.
“This puts the council in a strong position, not only in our ability to plan and provide appropriate infrastructure for our residents, but also in our ability to apply for external funding from entities such as the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).”