The Bishop Auckland Town Team is an open group of local people, businesses, public sector bodies and other interested parties with the objective of working in partnership to regenerate Bishop Auckland Town Centre.
In March 2012, the Bishop Auckland Town Council took the lead in setting up a Town Team to help revitalise the Bishop Auckland Town Centre.
The initial meeting was arranged to get support from anyone interested to help apply for a bid of up to £100,000 which the Government was offering to Town and Parish Councils for 12 pilots throughout the country. It was on the back of an independent review into the future of high streets that Mary Portas carried out in 2011.
Tremendous support from the local community enabled the bid to come together with new ideas, new partners and a shared vision to revitalise the town.
The structure includes a ‘Core Team’ made up of 12 members:- 3 from the Business Sector, 3 local councillors, 3 key regeneration partners and 3 from the local community.
The stakeholders include Durham County Council, Bishop Auckland Town Council, The Auckland Project, Eleven Arches and South Durham Enterprise Agency.