Town deal FAQs
The Town Fund is the name of the funding the government has launched to support towns like Hastings to improve their economy.
To find out more, read the Town Fund Prospectus
No, we will have to work with partners and the community over the next year to put together a strong investment plan and business case that the government will then need to approve.
No, the council will establish a ‘Town Deal Board’, which will include members from the local community, businesses, and other partners committed to improving Hastings.
The board will develop the investment plan. This plan will focus on the three key themes set out by the government for the fund:
- Urban regeneration, planning and land use
- Skills and enterprise infrastructure
- Connectivity – transport (roads, buses, cycling, walking) and digital connectivity like broadband
The council's primary role will be working with its community and partners to develop and agree the Town Deal with the government.
Further development and implementation may be carried out by a variety of organisations but HBC will be the responsible body for the funds to the government.
We will work closely with East Sussex County Council, as the tier of Local Government leading on transport, education, digital skills, and public health. As well as close co-operation will other partners, businesses and the community via the Board.
The Board will be the vehicle through which the vision and strategy for the town is defined. The board will include members from the local community, businesses, and other partners committed to improving Hastings.
Its key tasks will be:
- Develop and agree an evidenced based Town Investment Plan
- Develop a clear programme of interventions
- Coordinate resources and influence stakeholders.
Yes, the council has received £173,029 'capacity funding' to prepare for the town deal and to deliver the following:
- Convene Town Deal Board
- Run business and wider community engagement events
- Develop Town Investment Plans
- Commission technical expertise for business case development.
We have set up the Town Deal Board; this includes members from the local community, business, and other partners committed to improving Hastings.
We will develop a plan on how to involve local people further in the coming months, once we have received further information from government.
What we can say is that we will design a programme, through which we will ensure we hear directly from our communities, including those which are within the most deprived wards, with regards to their regeneration priorities.
We welcome your views; please email: TownDeal@hastings.gov.uk.
Ideas will be collated and will inform the development process.