South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced the award of £50,000 to the Patchway Town Centre Group as a contribution towards a large regeneration project to improve the shopping area at Rodway Road.
The money has come from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), a government funded project running across the West of England that aims to increase sustainable travel.
The aim is to create a positive urban space for the residents of Patchway and Charlton Hayes that is easy to access by bike and on foot and includes more greenery, and improved seating, signposting and paving.
The working group has been meeting regularly and the above vision of how Rodway Road might look has been created by an architect who is a resident of Charlton Hayes.
£50,000 of funding had already been secured for the project through SGC’s New Homes Bonus grants scheme, allocated through the Southern Brooks Area Forum in February.
Local South Gloucestershire ward councillors Eve Orpen, Sam Scott and Keith Walker said:
“Our aspirations for a fully recognised Town Centre for Patchway’s new and existing communities are one step closer as a result of this funding. It is vital to support local shopping areas in these tough times, and alongside the planned Community Centre redevelopment, securing the local Post Office and the opening of the Hub, this funding will help meet the needs of current and future Patchway residents. We pay tribute to all those in our community who have been involved with securing these funds.”
Speaking about the award of a total of £600,000 of LSTF grants across South Gloucestershire, Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of SGC’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:
“This funding comes as welcome news and will further improve sustainable transport facilities in South Gloucestershire. This additional funding boost will deliver improved road safety around schools, better cycling facilities at a range of locations and adapted equipment for use by people with disabilities, providing a sustainable travel legacy for generations to come.”