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Community and skills event to shine a light on Glastonbury Town Deal opportunities

Following confirmation last month of the £23.6million Towns Fund investment for Glastonbury, a community and skills focused event will be held on Thursday, November 24, from 11am until 3pm at Glastonbury Town Hall.

Representatives from the 11 approved Glastonbury Town Deal projects will be available to speak to residents and businesses about the benefits and opportunities that their projects will deliver for the local community.

Some local skills and training providers will be present to talk to visitors about the skills development opportunities that the Town Deal projects will bring, as well as highlighting the support that is available to assist people in accessing these.

In addition, local businesses will be able to register their interest in finding out about the supply chain opportunities linked with the Town Deal projects.

Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE (pictured), Chair of the Glastonbury Town Deal Board, said: “We are keen to share with our local Glastonbury community specific details of how the 11 projects will be progressed in the delivery phase.

“By coming along to this event, we hope people will gain an informed understanding and picture of what the completed projects will look like, as well as the vast benefits and opportunities they will bring for our town.

“The event will also enable local people and businesses to express an interest in getting involved and to find out about the many skills development opportunities that will become available thanks to this once-in-a-generation investment for Glastonbury.”

This will be the first Glastonbury Town Deal event held since the 11 projects were approved last month by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). Another event is being organised for a Saturday in the spring, with further details to be confirmed in due course.

Glastonbury was one of 101 towns chosen to receive investment through the government’s Towns Fund scheme as part of its Levelling Up agenda. Following the submission earlier this year of comprehensive Business Cases for each project, formal confirmation of the funding was received in late September 2022, securing this once-in-a-generation funding that is set to revitalise the town.

The Glastonbury Town Deal projects aim to deliver a necessary ‘levelling up’ opportunity for the town, bringing existing assets back into community use, and working with local communities to develop the spaces and resources they want and need. The vision is for Glastonbury to be a sustainable, prosperous, modern town and global tourist centre, drawing on its rural landscape, history and unique legacy.

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