A £23.6MILLION plan to improve one Somerset town has been formally submitted to government - and open days will allow residents to have their say.

The confirmation paper for all 12 projects outlined in Glastonbury's Town Investment Plan (TIP) has been formally submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The Glastonbury Town Deal Board and Mendip District Council (MDC) will now focus on developing the detailed business cases as required by the government.

Mayor of Glastonbury, Cllr Jon Cousins, said: “As Glastonbury’s town deal progresses and the business cases are built, this is the perfect time for our residents and businesses to contribute to the development of these brilliant projects, which will undoubtedly help Glastonbury – our community and this special place – to flourish.”

As part of the business case process, open days will be held for the Glastonbury community over the next few months. This is to help finalise details within each individual project.

Chair of the Town Deal Board, Robert Richards, added: “The town deal investment offers an amazing opportunity for Glastonbury. Now that the confirmation paperwork has been submitted, we can move on to the next stage of the process, working on the detail of the 12 projects in the TIP.

"We are looking forward to engaging with local residents and businesses about this over the coming months and are keen to make sure this once-in-a-generation investment delivers benefits for the Glastonbury community as a whole.”

A five stage business case will be developed for each project, as well as an overall business case for the whole programme. This work will be undertaken over the next 10 months, and all business cases will need to be submit to the MHCLG by June 28 2022. Funds will be released as and when the individual business cases have been approved.

As a result, the board and support team for Glastonbury are keen to engage with the local community to gather opinions, comments and ideas relating to the projects outlined in the TIP before the business cases are completed.

“The processes we have followed to date have been rigorous and in line with the requirements of government in order to realise the potential of this major investment in Glastonbury," said leader of MDC, Cllr Ros Wyke.

"Now that the development of the business cases is underway, the Town Deal Board and MDC will be inviting the local community to learn more about the projects and influence the detail, ensuring this investment delivers the greatest potential for the whole town.”

Information about the community-focused open days will be published on the Glastonbury Town Deal website and social media pages.