Leominster Town Council is putting Government funding to use this year to help transform the Herefordshire town.

Throughout 2022 it has been working to deliver a wide range of projects supported by the Great Places to Visit Scheme, a £90,000 grant from central Government.

The scheme seeks to revitalise market towns by funding improvements to public realm, support for events and markets, and shop front improvement grants.


Projects that have already taken place include the town's first "Independents Day" held in March that celebrated local shops and businesses, the further supporting of local businesses through the Shop Front Improvement Grant scheme, the planting of trees in the town centre, and locally produced bunting to help the town celebrate the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Other projects in the pipeline include support with the Christmas lights throughout the town and its switch on which is due to take place towards the end of the month.

These projects have been funded from the Government’s Covid-19 Outbreak management funds grant as part of Herefordshire Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan.


The scheme has funded the following projects in Leominster, that are being delivered by Leominster Town Council:

  • Additional litter bins in Etnam Street and on the Grange.
  • Planting of trees in empty tree pits throughout the town centre.
  • Five new benches in Corn Square and Broad St.
  • Four accessible picnic tables at the Grange play area
  • Design and development work to support the refurbishment of public toilets in Central Car Park.
  • Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme, supporting twenty town centre businesses.
  • Additional town centre signage.
  • Event support, promotion and entertainment for a range of community events in 2022, including Party in the Park, Leominster Food Fayre, St Edfrith’s Festival, Leominster Victorian Street Market, and the Leominster Christmas Lights Switch-On.
  • Infrastructure works to support Leominster’s Christmas Lights scheme.
  • Design and printing of Leominster children’s heritage trail maps.
  • Locally-produced Jubilee bunting for Leominster’s town centre.
  • A new bench and information noticeboard to support services at Leominster Food Bank

Mayor of Leominster, Trish Marsh said: "Great Places to visit has given a huge boost to Leominster. 

"This post Covid funding has allowed us to resurface the path round the Grange, contribute to 20 shops redecorating their shop fronts and many more projects. 

"Spending the funding in the short time allowed was a challenge which our team at the Town Council rose to with determination and imagination."

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