RESIDENTS in two Somerset towns set to benefit from a £3.6 billion Government fund are being urged to say how they would improve things.

Last month, it was announced Bridgwater and Glastonbury would be among 100 towns to benefit from the Towns Fund, which aims to give a boost to areas in need of an economic lift.

Now, communities are being given the chance to share pride in their town - and ideas for town deals worth up to £25 million - using #MyTown online.

The Government says the #MyTown campaign gives people a say in how a new generation of Town Deals, each worth up to £25 million, should transform the place they call home.

It also provides a platform for communities to share their proud history and ambitions for a bright future.

People will be able to share their views on a new dedicated Facebook page and on Twitter through #MyTown.

Communities and Local Government Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Too many towns feel neglected by Westminster politicians. This Government is committed to levelling up all parts of the country.

“That’s why we’re investing up to £25 million in 100 towns across the country. And I want local people to determine how that money is spent.”

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Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Rt Hon Jake Berry MP said: “We are going further than any government before to level up every corner of our country.

“With our new £3.6 billion Towns Fund, we’re ramping up efforts to give local people power and money to decide what is best for their town.

“Whether you live in Bridgwater or Glastonbury, getting involved in the My Town campaign is your chance to decide where this major investment should go.”

Bridgwater’s MP Ian Liddell-Grainger says a public consultation exercise that has now been launched provided a real opportunity for local families to become involved in shaping the town’s future.

“We have a unique opportunity, thanks to this funding, to finally shake off Bridgwater’s unfortunate and entirely undeserved reputation as a second-rate town,” he said.

“You only have to look at the millions that have been invested locally in the last few years to understand that it is now a thriving economic community without parallel in Somerset.

“This marvellous windfall really gives us a chance to transform the way the town centre looks and feels.”

Details, support and guidance to the 100 places to kick-start the process for preparing for a Town Deal will be announced shortly.

In due course the Government will also announce details of a competition for further towns beyond the initial 100 to develop plans for their own Town Deals.