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The Towns Fund

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In September 2019, the government invited 100 places, including Darlington, to develop proposals for a Town Deal as part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

Darlington is one of the first towns to be awarded its share. The £23.3m investment, secured by the council in 2020, will be spent on projects to revitalise and improve the town. The projects will complement and extend current regeneration schemes including North Road, the area between the town centre and the Head of Steam Museum, and Victoria Road, including around the train station and cattle market. 

What is the Towns Fund?

The Towns Fund is part of the government’s plan for levelling up the UK economy. Towns across England will work with the Government to address growth constraints and to ensure there is a course of recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

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The Towns Fund board members first met in January 2020 and have met on a regular basis since. Find out more about them and read the meeting minutes.

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Read the latest news and stories featuring the Towns Fund developments and plans.

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Submit your story

Submit your story or memory of the town from past or present day and help shape the future.

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For more information about the Towns Fund:

email: [email protected]

Or to submit your story to our collection of Darlington's memories, please email [email protected] 


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