Media release - issued 12 Jun 2018

Cabinet agrees ambitious Regenerating Rushmoor programme

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet has taken an important step forward in agreeing plans for how a major project regenerating Aldershot and Farnborough will be managed.

The Cabinet, meeting on 29 May, agreed to set up the Regenerating Rushmoor programme, the vision for how both town centres will look in ten years' time and the resources needed to deliver these ambitious plans.

Other actions agreed included the setting up of councillor regeneration groups for each town and the extension of working arrangements with regeneration specialists, RegenCo to help deliver the programme. 

The programme includes projects in Aldershot - Union Street East; The Galleries and High Street car park; Aldershot railway station; The Princes Hall; The Games Hub; Parsons Barracks and the High Street bus interchange. In Farnborough, the projects are the Civic Quarter; Farnborough Transport Package; Invincible Road, Farnborough town centre - St Modwen phases three and four - and Hawley Lane South.

Two borough-wide projects focus on providing private and affordable rented housing across a number of smaller council-owned sites and the choice of an investment partner to share the risk and benefits of the programme.

The vision for the two towns includes making them "great places" to live, work and visit that are attractive, distinctive, accessible and connected.

A steering group made up of The Leader and Deputy Leader, the Cabinet member for Major Projects and Property and the council's new Executive Leadership team will oversee the programme with important decisions made by the Cabinet.

Members were told that key to the success of the programme would be the strong and effective partnership working with Hampshire County Council, the Enterprise M3 LEP, Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). The programme's management arrangements have been designed to make sure that bureaucracy is kept to a minimum and focuses on accelerating delivery.

The Cabinet was also asked to approve a major modernisation and improvement programme for the council, which sees a senior management restructure aimed at focusing resources on priorities, including regeneration and making the council more customer-focused and financially sustainable. This has included the creation of a new role for an Executive Head of Regeneration and Property.

Councillor David Clifford, the Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "Regeneration is the highest priority for the council. We have a clear idea of what we want to achieve and how we want to see Aldershot and Farnborough town centres transformed. This programme, with the full involvement of our partners, demonstrates that we are all committed to delivering the regeneration of our towns that our residents want and need."

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