Traffic improvements at Ventura Park, the wider promotion of Tamworth town centre for shopping, and the success of outdoor events and the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition all came under the spotlight during this year’s State of Tamworth debate.
The annual meeting saw Tamworth’s councillors take part in a lively debate on the findings of public consultations with residents, groups and businesses which have taken place throughout the year.
A number of members of the public were in the Council Chamber to listen to the debate and to hear councillors discuss the achievements in Tamworth over the past year.
- The opening of the new Tamworth Information Centre, with a 42% increase in customers, 36% increase in shop sales and 60% rise in Castle sales
- Major retailers opening up new stores in Tamworth, including John Lewis At Home, B & Q and Lidl
- £1.1 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund for conservation work at Tamworth Castle
- A new operator for Tamworth Market, 58 new traders and an increase in takings
- Three gold awards in the Heart of England In Bloom campaign
- A national award for the joint waste and recycling service
- The creation of a Community Safety Hub at Tamworth Police Station where Council Community Safety staff to work alongside other organisations including victim support and housing staff. Innovative work through hub has helped bring about a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour
During the debate, a number of pledges were made to tackle the major issues of concern to the borough’s residents and to make Tamworth a better place to live, work and raise a family.
- Continued support for the proposal to build a BMX track in Belgrave
- Help and support for Tamworth Football Club’s bid for promotion to the Football League
- The council to push for a second exit from the Jolly Sailor Retail Park next to Argos and a right turn into Fazeley Road from Ventura Park
- Better promotion of the town centre at Ventura Park to boost trade and encourage shoppers to visit the whole of the town