A SHORTLIST of proposed projects which could help to transform Barrow for future generations is announced today.
Fourteen schemes which seek to improve different areas of the town were launched through the #BrilliantBarrow #MyTown initiative last month.
Following feedback from the public, seven have now been chosen for further development as part of a bid for £25 million of funding from the government.
Steve Cole is the Chief Infrastructure Officer at BAE Systems Submarine Solutions and is also chairperson of the Town Deal Board which has been set up to spearhead Barrow’s bid for the funding.
He said: "We have taken an important step forward in the Town Deal process. Having listened to the feedback from members of the public we have agreed on a shortlist of projects which we will now further develop to see how they might form a part of our final submission to government.
"Your voices have been heard through the #BrilliantBarrow website and social media channels. Everyone's views were crucial in the shortlisting process – and I would like you all as residents and business owners of the town to once again help us shape our Town Deal plans.
"We will soon be sharing our further thoughts on the shortlisted projects and need as many people as possible to have their say.
"These are exciting times for Barrow as we plan for a very bright future."
Barrow is one of 101 towns selected to bid for £25 million in government cash as part of the Town Deal initiative and must make its case to the government soon.
A detailed business plan will now be developed around each one before the final bid is submitted to government this summer. These shortlisted projects will be the priority for the Town Deal over the next five years.
An investment plan will now also be developed for the town which will set out a vision for the next 10 to 15 years with a range of initiatives and projects including all those in the long list.
Full details of each of the schemes can be found on the #BrilliantBarrow website brilliantbarrow.org.uk, along with details of how to have your say.
The shortlisted schemes are:
The Barrow Town Deal relates specifically to the town of Barrow-in-Furness. Alongside this, the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal is set to include a Place Programme that will support a number of smaller market and coastal towns across the Borderlands region.
Dalton-in-Furness has been put forward for inclusion in the Place Programme. Detailed work on a Place Plan for Dalton-in-Furness will be starting later in the year and the development of proposals will be supported by community and stakeholder engagement