The Chancellor announced in the Autumn Budget that Kidderminster will receive a further £17.9 million Levelling Up funding, in addition to the £20.5 million Future High Street funding announced in the New Year.
The Levelling Up Fund will be invested in upgrading the Town Hall as a performance venue and providing space for food and drinks. Developing the Piano Building into a hotel and improving the Canal towpath to enable easy access into and out of the town for visitors to explore the Wilden Marshes SSSI and Silverwoods and Stour Valley and beyond from Limekiln Bridge.
Mark Garnier welcomed the announcement saying “This is good news for our district’s main town. After all, the more appealing the town centre is, the more it attracts people and activity.”
Leader of the Conservative Group at District, Cllr Marcus Hart, said “I am absolutely delighted that Kidderminster has received this amount of the Levelling Up Fund. Having already received £20.5 million from the Future High Streets fund this Conservative Government is really helping to give our district’s major town centre the much needed regeneration it needs.”
Cllr David Ross, Leader of Kidderminster Town Council said “The investment into our local town including the direct investment into our Town Hall, to create a fantastic performance venue for the future, is excellent news for Kidderminster and the wider community of Wyre Forest."