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Bishop Auckland Towns Fund


The Towns Fund is a £3.6 billion fund established by the government to level up towns and cities around the country. Bishop Auckland is one of 100 places eligible to bid for funding to improve the economy, develop the town and attract jobs and long-term investment.

Through the Towns Fund Board we are talking to residents, businesses and other organisations to identify:

  • which projects will be delivered
  • what funding is required
  • how these projects will fit into long-term plans for the area

We need to bring together firm proposals developed in co-ordination with local communities, partners and other stakeholders that will bring a positive impact to Bishop Auckland.

As part of the scheme we are eligible to bid for up to £25 million in funding that will help deliver a huge economic social and cultural benefit to the town.

Gov.uk: Towns Fund prospectus contains more information about the scheme.

We want to hear from you - you can tell us what you want for Bishop Auckland via Towns Fund online portal: Bishop Auckland.

The Board

The Bishop Auckland Town Deal Board is made up of community representatives, local businesses and other organisations with an interest in the future development of Bishop Auckland.

The Board will meet quarterly or as required to discuss funding initiatives and ideas to be included in the final bid.

See  Bishop Auckland Town Deal Board Members for information about the board members.

See Bishop Auckland Town Deal governance for information about our Governance and decision making arrangements.

Decision making process

The Bishop Auckland Town Board will be chaired by an independent Chair. It will be based on collaboration and conducted in the spirit of partnership working and abide by Nolan principles. All decisions will be made in accordance with the following principles:

  • Due consultation will be carried out where appropriate (including taking relevant professional advice from officers)
  • There will be a presumption in favour of open and transparent decision making
  • There will be a clarity of aims and desired outcomes
  • All decisions will be taken as members of the Bishop Auckland Town Board and not on behalf of specific organisations or areas

Members of Bishop Auckland Town Board are required to declare any interests, gifts or hospitality which they may receive which could influence any decisions they may make as board members.

The agenda and minutes of all Town Board meetings are attached below:

Meeting number 1 - 20 March 2020

Meeting number 2 - 19 June 2020

Meeting number 3 - 17 July 2020

Meeting number 4 - 31 July 2020

Meeting number 5 - 14 August 2020

Meeting number 6 - 11 September 2020

Meeting number 7 - 9 October 2020

Meeting number 8 - 13 November 2020

Meeting number 9 - 27 November 2020

Meeting number 10 - 21 December 2020

Meeting number 11 - 25 January 2021

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