HEREFORD could be in line for a windfall if a deal can be struck with the Government for up to £25 million towards regeneration.

Hereford is one of 100 places invited by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to be part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, a scheme to support economic growth.

An independent Towns Fund board, backed by Herefordshire Council, is leading the work locally to create an ambitious vision for Hereford’s future.

Working with expert consultants Rose Regeneration, the #StrongerHereford group, made up of a mix of people with Hereford “in their heart”, is asking residents, businesses, colleges, schools, and many others to help them identify major projects that would bring about economic and social improvements.

Chair of the group Lauren Rogers, who works at film production charity Rural Media, said: “We will work hard to make sure residents can put forward their ideas for capital projects. These might be about sustainable transport, culture and heritage, connectivity or regeneration.

“Once we’ve gathered in as many ideas as we can over the coming weeks, we’ll go back to the Government and be one step closer to striking a deal to fund projects that will create jobs, a stronger visitor economy, reduce carbon emissions and build thriving communities.”

Fellow board member Ruth Parry, director of operations and marketing at Hereford-based Simple Design Works, added: “It’s exciting to be working with like-minded people who also want to make great things happen. Having the support of Jesse Norman and other business folk who understand the challenges will be invaluable to lead us through to a successful outcome for Hereford.”

The Hereford Times is helping #StrongerHereford gather suggestions for ways to make Hereford a better place. You can have your say by completing this simple online survey:

  • We will be keeping you up to date on how progress while the city’s bid for funds is put together over the next few weeks.