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Redevelopment scheme unveiled
Telford Plans
250m to be spent on the Southwater area of Telford
A 250m redevelopment scheme for the economic regeneration of a Shropshire town has been unveiled.

The plans for the Southwater area of Telford include new cafes, bars and shops as well as houses and offices.

It is the work of the economic regeneration company, Transforming Telford, and its partners English Partnerships, Advantage West Midlands and Telford and Wrekin Council.

Transforming Telford said the scheme would create and safeguard 1,750 jobs.

REGENERATION PLAN
Community facilities
New hotel
Bowling and bingo

The Chief Executive of Transforming Telford, Sarah Raper, said 30m would come from the public sector and 250m of private sector investment.

"We have a number of important projects under way in Telford, but probably the single most important requirement is the redevelopment of the town centre.

"We could create an eighteen hours, seven day a week vibrant sustainable heart for Telford." she said.

Telford and Wrekin Council Leader, Andrew Eade said the document was intended to stimulate ideas from developers about how the town centre environment could be improved. He emphasised that no decisions had yet been made.

He said thousands of people were being asked for their views on the town centre's future and the public consultation exercise was due to end next month.

The vision document goes before the council's cabinet on 29 October and Transforming Telford Ltd will be holding a public exhibition in Telford Shopping Centre on 8, 9 and 10 November. This will be followed by public consultation.

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