Dear Sedgemoor District Council,
On behalf of DB3 Architecture we would like to congratulate you on having been selected to put forward your proposals & bid to Government as part of the £3.6bn investment into the Towns Fund.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, we would be grateful if you could provide us with some details regarding this so as to ascertain if we can be of help:-
1. The name of the person/people who has/have been nominated to develop this Towns
2. An outline of your intentions regarding utilisation of awarded grant money.
3. If there is an opportunity for you to involve the skills & experience of an architectural
company to support you in this process?
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you & look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Mr Nath Darnton
Thank you for your request for information about Towns Fund. Your request was received on 3rd September 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations.
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Chartered Legal Executive Apprentice
Thank you for your request.
1. PER Consulting have been commissioned to support Sedgemoor District Council and the Bridgwater Town Deal Board in the development of the Bridgwater Town Investment Plan.
2. It is too early in the development of the Town Investment Plan to outline what areas the money will be used for, however projects will be in line with the scope of the Town Deal Guidance.
If you are dissatisfied with this response you can ask for a review, which will be dealt with through the Council's complaints procedure.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Council's review you have the right to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office at The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
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