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Alistair Strathern MP hails £293k funding for Flitwick Town Centre





Alistair Strathern, Labour MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has welcomed a £293,000 funding boost for Flitwick’s town centre.

Mr Strathern had previously championed Flitwick Town Council's plans for the Barclays bank site in Parliament, and wrote to the Government to support Flitwick’s Community Ownership Fund application.

Flitwick Town Council successfully applied for £293,000 to develop the disused Barclays bank building on Station Road and turn it into a community centre hosting a restaurant and post office.

This fantastic news comes after Flitwick’s post office and bank both closed in the last two years. As a commuter town with over 16,000 residents, there was a need to secure Government funding to help revitalise the town’s services and attractions.

The redevelopment of the building will free up new retail space in a boost to Flitwick’s economy and provide new job opportunities for local residents.   

Alistair Strathern MP said:


"I am delighted to see Flitwick Town Council awarded this large sum by the UK Community Ownership Fund.


"It's a fantastic proposal so I was delighted to be able to raise this in Parliament and with ministers, and I'm glad they've listened and thrown their support behind the bid.


“This will turn the formerly-buzzing, but now abandoned Barclays bank building back into a vibrant hub for the community.


"The residents of Flitwick deserve more amenities and this funding is a signal of Flitwick’s suitability for more growth and regeneration.


“I want to congratulate Flitwick Town Council for their successful bid and I'll be continuing to do all I can to help them get this delivered. "


Editors' Notes:


You can see Mr Strathern supporting Flitwick Town Council’s application in Parliament, here

You can see a Hansard transcript of Mr Strathern’s Parliamentary question on this topic, here

You can see more information about the UK Community Ownership Fund here


Alistair Strathern is available all day today [25 April] for comment.




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