Doncaster Council has secured £25m from the Government’s Towns Fund to continue ongoing regeneration plans, it has been confirmed.
The funding will support a number of regeneration projects drawn up by the Doncaster Town Deal Board which, according to the council, was shaped by the views of people who live, work and visit the town centre.
The proposal includes a scheme to extens the forecourt outside Doncaster railway station.
This would enhance the route into the town centre, providing visitors with an improved first impression of Doncaster, and would include cycle provision and a pedestrian crossing.
The project will also see a new four or five storey multi-use space created close to Doncaster railway station.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said:
“I am delighted this funding has been confirmed as we continue our drive to make Doncaster a truly great place for all of our communities.
“It was a real Team Doncaster effort. With the help and support of the board, residents and businesses we pulled together a comprehensive investment plan with a range of projects which complement the regeneration schemes we have been delivering in Doncaster in recent years.
“The train station forecourt transformation, our Quality Streets scheme, a new look Wool Market and a world class Civic and Cultural Quarter are just a few of the schemes we have delivered which have made a significant difference.
“This new Towns Fund money will help us maintain the momentum.”
Tariq Shah, Chair of the Doncaster Town Deal Board, said:
“The Towns Fund provides a great opportunity to regenerate a key gateway into Doncaster and catalyse investment in the town centre.
“Thanks go to the Board, all of who gave up their time and expertise; to the community whose views have shaped the bid; and to local and national government, who have worked together to achieve an aligned outcome.”
Mayor Ros Jones, added:
“These plans will transform a key gateway into Doncaster town centre and enhance Doncaster’s heritage.
“This will provide greater diversity of the town centre economy and offer a range of new opportunities for learning, skills, jobs, leisure and housing. They support our ambitious vision for Doncaster and will help us create a borough we can all be proud of.
“We will continue to push the Government for news about our Towns Fund bid for Stainforth which included a series of schemes which will be hugely beneficial for Stainforth residents and communities nearby.”