When the planning application for the former Coop was agreed, the developers undertook hand over a sum of money to offset negative impacts caused by construction and development . It’s called section 106 money. See here.
In this case an amount of money was match-funded from EU funds to produce a total amount of £70k. This was put out for proposals by Re-Create in conjunction with the Arts-led regeneration team in the Council.
There was considerable debate about the merits of the different submissions – and the winning project will be posted up here when all the formalities have been completed.
No doubt people will think of many things that could be achieved in all sorts of ways with £70k, but of course the money is made available only under strict conditions as to what it is spent on ….!
There is also no doubt that a venture like this will not end up pleasing everyone – but community engagement was one of the criteria for each entry.
Watch this space.
In the meanwhile …