Stapleford residents invited to Towns Fund drop-in event

15/05/24 - The team behind Stapleford’s biggest ever regeneration project is inviting local people to its community drop-in event on Thursday 23 May 2024 to find out how it’s progressing and what’s in store for the future.

Residents are invited to drop in to the event at any time between 4.30pm and 6pm at the Carnegie Civic and Community Centre, Warren Avenue, Stapleford, NG9 8EY to meet to meet the team and find out more.

Stapleford’s Towns Fund Board has been working with local people on six projects to revitalise the town since 2021, during which time substantial progress has been made to breathe new life into the town.

Thanks to £21.1m from the Government’s Towns Fund, local people are benefiting from a range of new facilities and services including:

  • A new £741,000 Library Learning Facility which opened in June 2023 and has already supported hundreds of local people with entry level skills training and learning opportunities. The building exterior has also had a modern makeover with better access for all.
  • A £4m Safer Cycling Scheme, featuring a Cycle Hub at the Ilkeston Road Rec that has helped more than 2,000 people and 700 bikes get back on the road since opening in late 2022. In addition to this is the hugely popular new Cycle Training Track which opened in April 2023, with more safe cycle paths on the way too.
  • Over 70 high street businesses have received a share of a £1m Town Centre Covid Recovery Fund to help them bounce back from the pandemic.
  • Plans for a new £5m enterprise hub on Victoria Street – The Pencil Works – are progressing well. This new building is being designed to help businesses prosper and attract people to the town.
  • And to bring the community together are plans for a new £6.4m community pavilion and young people’s centre, and state-of-the-art recreation ground on the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground, to open in 2025. The Steven Gerard Academy will use the venue as its new midlands base for all football training and education, creating local opportunities for health and wellbeing activities as well as jobs, putting Stapleford on the map as a centre of excellence for sport.
  • A significant investment will also be made in changes to the town’s public realm, as well as traffic calming measures to make a cleaner, greener town.

Ian Jowett, Chair of the Stapleford Towns Fund, said: “We’ve come a long way since we asked people what they thought a better, brighter Stapleford would looks like, and we are so pleased that many of our projects are already being enjoyed by people of all ages.

“Our two largest investments, the community pavilion and enterprise hub, are also now on the horizon, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to input into the consultations as it’s helped us design facilities that we know will be right for our communities.

“Please come along to our drop-in event to find out more about our projects and what they mean for the future of our much-loved town.”

For more information about this project and the Towns Fund, visit our Stapleford Towns Fund webpage.

Communications Team