St Neots secures Future High Street Funding

On 26 August 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that St Neots has been selected as one of 50 towns that will benefit from a share of the £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.

The scheme was launched in December 2018 and is a key part of the government’s plan to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that drives economic growth and sustainably improves how people use them.

Huntingdonshire District Council submitted an application to the fund, in collaboration with St Neots Town Council and partners from the St Neots Masterplan Steering Group. The bid outlined the challenges facing St Neots’ High Street and town centre and seeks to set out the opportunities that could be explored and captured to drive future success of the town in response to national trends on the changing role of high streets. This has resulted in St Neots being shortlisted and selected as one of the 50 towns for the Future High Streets funding for reimagining town centre use and revitalisation.

Cllr Gordon Thorpe, Mayor of St Neots, said “this is an extremely exciting time for St Neots. The funding available through this scheme could provide St Neots with the catalyst it has long needed to deliver transformational projects to open up the river frontage, provide improved community use facilities and local employment opportunities. The Town Council is working with our partners to ensure new proposals align with the Neighbourhood Plan.”

The Chair of St Neots Masterplan Steering Group, Cllr David Wells, said: “This is really good news for St Neots. The funding will enable us to build on the work of the Masterplan to position St Neots as an attractive place for all to live, work and enjoy life. We are looking forward to working with the fund to further develop a vibrant town with additional community, leisure, commercial and retail space.”

St Neots will receive up to £150,000 to commission the feasibility work needed to prepare transformational development plans, which meet the social, economic and community needs of the town. Capital funding will then be sought through the Future High Street Fund to deliver the preferred scheme.

Co-Option To The Town Council


St Neots Town Council have two vacancies for Councillors in the wards of Priory Park South and St Neots East.  The Town Council is able to consider any person to fill each vacancy provided that:

  • He/she is over 18 years of age
  • Is a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen
  • Is registered to vote in St Neots or has lived or worked in St Neots (or within three miles of its boundary) for one year

A person is disqualified from being a Town Councillor if within five years before his/her election or since election:

  • He/she has served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more within the last five years
  • Has been adjudged a bankrupt
  • Is an employee of the Town Council
  • Is disqualified under legislation


Applicants for co-option should submit information about themselves by way of completing a short personal statement of no more than 300 words to the Town Clerk, Mr E Reilly.   Applicants should have good computer skills and be willing to undertake training.

Copies of the personal statements will be circulated to all Members for consideration at a meeting of the Town Council.   At the meeting of the Town Council consideration of applications will be dealt with in public session.

Closing Date for Applications – Thursday, 18th July 2019

Contact Details

Council Offices
Priory Lane
St Neots
PE19 2BH

Tel: 01480 388911

Newly Elected Mayor of St Neots

At the Annual Town Council meeting held on 21st May 2019 Cllr Gordon Thorpe was elected as Town Mayor and Cllr Christine Green was elected as his Deputy.

“It was a humbling experience to be elected as the Town Mayor of St. Neots again by my fellow councillors. Having served as Mayor from 2009 to 2011, I am fully aware of the responsibility and trust placed in me and will do my utmost to serve the people of St. Neots with integrity and an open approach.  St. Neots is going through an unprecedented period of expansion and change, and I pledge myself to work with any and every agency involved to achieve the best for my hometown. There are many and varied voluntary organisations working in and around our town and I am ready to assist them in any way that I can for these organisations are the life blood of our town. I look forward to a productive and interesting year in Office with the support of my fellow Councillors and Officers of the Council. Let Saint Neots Flourish” Cllr Gordon Thorpe

“I am humbled to be voted in as Deputy Mayor and will do my best to support the Mayor and to serve our town in this role” Cllr Christine Green

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Masterplan Working Group gets to work

St Neots deserves more, can do more and could benefit from £5.8million pounds of new investment! That is the overall finding of a recently completed ‘St Neots Masterplan for Growth’ commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and conducted in collaboration with Huntingdonshire District Council and St Neots Town Council.

Friday 19 January, saw the inaugural meeting of the new multi‐agency Steering Group that will drive forward the recommendations in the plan and begin to shape and implement a delivery programme of activities across the Town.

The group will be chaired by former Deputy Mayor of the Combined Authority and Huntingdonshire District Councillor, Robin Howe. The people involved are representatives from the Town, District and County Councils, including the Mayor of St Neots, Cllr Derek Giles and importantly also incorporating local business people and expertise being drawn from industry, education and skills, transport, planning and property.

The Masterplan is the first of a series to be commissioned by the Combined Authority to help determine how best to maximise regeneration and reinvigoration of key market towns of Cambridgeshire, that maximises their potential as vibrant places to live, work and relax.

Derek Giles, Mayor of St Neots and District Councillor for Eaton Socon ward, said: “St Neots is the largest town in Cambridgeshire and all too often is seen as the forgotten town by many residents. At long last we will enjoy much needed investment to help fund and promote our town to become a vibrant and great place to live and work in.”

Graham Bull, Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “This exciting project is designed to unlock the potential of St Neots as a key Town in our District that can be an even better place to live, learn and work and can also set the standard for ensuring a successful formula can be found to develop our other market towns in the district into the future.”

Mayor of the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority, James Palmer, said: “I want all the market towns of Cambridgeshire to become vibrant economic and social centres; growth hubs if you like, where people can find jobs, affordable housing and efficient transport systems and I believe the St Neots Masterplan initiative is a big step toward achieving this objective.”

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