Regeneration plan for Evesham Public Hall still on the table

Wychavon has restated its commitment to regenerating Evesham Public Hall after an unsuccessful bid for government funding.

The Government has confirmed Wychavon is not one of the areas chosen to receive money from the Levelling Up Fund.

Wychavon had applied for £9million from the fund to pay for a package of transport improvements to help ease congestion. They included walking and cycling routes, real-time information about bus journeys and increasing capacity at the A46/B4035 roundabout.

Some of the money would also have been used to bring Evesham Public Hall back into use as the new home for Evesham Arts Centre, as part of the first phase of regenerating the Riverside Shopping Centre.

But despite the setback, Wychavon is exploring ways the project can still go ahead.

Cllr Martin King, Executive Board Member for Town Centres and Council Efficiency on Wychavon District Council, said: "We are disappointed our bid was unsuccessful as we felt we had a strong case, but we are committed to the regeneration of Evesham Public Hall.

"We know transport issues need addressing in the town as well and discussions continue with partners to see how we can deliver some of these measures, including looking for other funding opportunities."

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