Burton upon Trent has been successful in its bid to the Towns Fund programme and has been awarded up to £23.8m.

The Heads of Terms for the funding have now been signed and submitted to Government. Please note - the unsigned version has been uploaded as this is easier to use with search functions and text readers.

The Town Investment Plan was developed by the Burton Town Deal board, which is a partnership made up of representatives from the community, public, and private sectors. 

For more information on the Towns Fund, please refer to the Prospectus and the Further Guidance.

Useful Documents

Town Deal Board Agendas & Minutes

Documentation for the meetings will be published as follows:

Agendas for future meetings will be uploaded within 5 clear working days of the meeting, where possible
Draft minutes will be published within 10 clear working days of the meeting.
Approved minutes will be published within 10 clear working days of the following meeting, where they are approved.
Some of the minutes from the Town Deal Board meeting are redacted for reasons of commercial sensitivty under Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, paragraph 3. At such time in the future when the information is no longer considered to be commercially sensitive, the minutes will be updated with the unredacted versions.

Please note: The Town Deal Board did not meet between March 2020 and June 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, all activities were conducted electronically to ensure that work on the development of proposals for the regeneration of Burton upon Trent did not slow. Since July 2020, the Town Deal Board has met virtually using the Zoom platform. Any conflicts of interest identified prior to a vote of the Town Deal Board will be documented as appropriate.

Town Deal Board Minutes and Agendas











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    Burton Towns Fund

    The Town Deal Board

    Parish Cllr John McKiernan, Vice Chair/Interim Chair

    Cllr McKiernan is a Councillor for Stretton Parish Council and is one of two Parish Council representatives on the Town Deal Board.

    Register of Interests

    M Fitzpatrick

    Borough Cllr Michael T Fitzpatrick

    Register of Interests

    Borough Cllr Rob Hawkins

    Borough Cllr Paul Walker

    Borough Cllr Adam Clarke

    Register of Interests

    County Cllr Conor Wileman

    Register of Interests

    Jacob Collier MP

    Parish Cllr Dennis Fletcher

    Cllr Fletcher is a Councillor for Winshill Parish Council and is one of two Parish Council representatives on the Town Deal Board. Cllr Fletcher is also a Borough Councillor, where he also represents the Winshill ward and is the Council’s longest serving active Councillor, first being elected in 1986.

    Register of Interests

    Chris Plant

    Chris is the Deputy Chief Executive at Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.

    Register of Interests

    Shaid Hussain

    Shaid is an owner of multiple businesses in Burton town centre and a representative of the Burton community.

    Register of Interests

    Mick Clifford

    Mick is a member of the Burton upon Trent Civic Society.

    Register of Interests

    Harry White

    Register of Interests

    Former Board Members

    Ben Robinson MBE, former Chair

    Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council

    Cllr Bev Ashcroft, East Staffordshire Borough Council

    Cllr George Allen, East Staffordshire Borough Council

    Nik Hardy, Managing Director of Hardy Signs Ltd

    Cllr Philip Atkins OBE, Staffordshire County Council

    Peter Hardingham, Business Owner and Former Centre Manager for the Octagon Centre

    Cllr Julia Jessel, Staffordshire County Council

    David Chadfield, former Centre Manager for Coopers Square Shopping Centre in Burton town centre.

    Cllr Duncan Goodfellow, East Staffordshire Borough Council

    Valerie Burton, member of the Burton Civic Society, former Economist, and Trustee of the National Brewery Heritage Trust.

    Cllr Steve Sankey, East Staffordshire Borough Council

    Cllr Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council

    Lynette Howgate, Centre Manager, Coopers Square Shopping Centre. 

    Secretary to the Board

    Andy O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer, East Staffordshire Borough Council

    Please note: Registers of Interest are redacted to remove the signatures of the Town Deal Board Members and Council Officers. No other redactions have been made, except those that are clearly marked under subsection 32(2) of the Localism Act 2011.

    The Register of Interests form is based on the Borough Council’s Register of Interests for elected Members and so makes references to the whole of East Staffordshire in places. Where a Town Deal Board member has an interest that is within the Borough, but outside of the agreed town boundary for the Towns Fund, they will not have needed to declare that interest because the Towns Fund programme is only concerned with the Towns Fund geography.


    Town Deal Board Terms of Reference

    Purpose and Role

    The purpose of the Burton upon Trent Town Deal Board is to support East Staffordshire Borough Council, as the accountable body for the local Towns Fund programme, in driving economic growth in the Burton area through the undertaking of specific, targeted interventions.

    The Town Deal Board previously held responsibility for creating and submitting the Town Investment Plan, which secured £23.8m from the Towns Fund programme, with four projects now being taken forward:

    • The High Street Regeneration Project, being delivered by East Staffordshire Borough Council, Towns Fund award of £16,256,335.
    • The Canal Towpath Improvement Project, being delivered by the Canal and River Trust, Towns Fund award of £1,985,596.
    • The Cycle Network Enhancement Project, being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, Towns Fund award of £1,898,052.
    • The Specialist College Offer Project, being delivered by Burton and South Derbyshire College, Towns Fund award of £3,502,278.

    Following the approval of these projects and agreement of the Towns Fund Heads of Terms, the role of the Town Deal Board is to monitor and scrutinise delivery of the projects against the agreed Heads of Terms.

    General Responsibilities

    The Town Deal Board, and its Members, are responsible for (post-project approval):

    • Working in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles);
    • Maintaining an up to date Register of Interest and adhering to the Board Member Code of Conduct, including declaring any interests as part of each Board meeting;
    • Overseeing adherence with the agreed Towns Fund Heads of Terms and any variation thereafter, including approved project adjustment requests;
    • Reviewing project and programme performance on a quarterly basis, including any changes to outputs, outcomes, spend profile or any change requiring a project adjustment request;
    • Offering scrutiny and challenge to the Towns Fund programme as well as advice to East Staffordshire Borough Council, as the programme accountable body.

    As a signatory to the Towns Fund Heads of Terms, the Town Deal Board has a specific responsibility relating to programme performance and is required to sign off on the 6-monthly performance submissions to Government, covering the periods ending 31st March and 30th September each year.


    The membership of the Town Deal Board should reflect the Burton upon Trent area and include representation in accordance with the Towns Fund Prospectus.

    The current membership is:

    • Chair: Vacant
    • Vice-Chair: John McKiernan (Parish Council Representative)
    • Cllr Mick Fitzpatrick (Leader of the Council, ESBC)
    • Cllr Rob Hawkins (Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, ESBC)
    • Cllr Paul Walker (Cabinet Member for Tourism and Cultural Development, ESBC)
    • Cllr Adam Clarke (Councillor, ESBC)
    • Cllr Conor Wileman (Councillor, SCC)
    • Cllr Arshad Asfar (Councillor, SCC)
    • Kate Kniveton (Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter)
    • Dennis Fletcher (Parish Council Representative)
    • Mick Clifford (Burton Civic Society)
    • Harry White (National Brewery Heritage Trust)
    • Shaid Hussain (Business Representative)
    • Chris Plant (Business Representative)

    The Secretary to the Town Deal Board is Andy O’Brien, Chief Executive, East Staffordshire Borough Council.

    Meetings of the Board

    The Town Deal Board is expected to meet a minimum of four times a year to reflect the quarterly performance reporting and monitoring process, allowing for discussions on project performance, spend and risk at each quarter.

    Meetings will take place at Burton Town Hall, unless otherwise stated, with Zoom facilities being available if required.

    Meetings will be supported by Officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council as well as representatives of the project sponsors, as appropriate, namely Staffordshire County Council, the Canal and River Trust, and Burton and South Derbyshire College.

    Documentation provided to the Board should be treated as confidential unless otherwise stated at the time.

    Voting and Quorum

    Where possible, when a decision is required by the Town Deal Board, the Chair will aim to form a consensus view. Where this is not possible, any Board Member may request a vote, which shall follow these principles:

    • Each Board Member shall hold one vote;
    • Voting shall be indicated by a show of hands;
    • Decisions shall be made on the basis of majority of those voting;
    • Votes made on Zoom shall be included;
    • The Chair shall hold the casting vote in any deadlock.

    There is a quorum of 8 Board Members, including a minimum of: the Town Deal Board Chair/Vice-Chair and one representative from each Council.

    Agendas and Minutes

    Agendas and public minutes for the meetings will be made available on East Staffordshire Borough Council’s website in line with the Government’s publication requirements.

    Terms of Reference Updates

    These terms of reference may be updated from time to time to reflect:

    • New or updated Government guidance;
    • A shift in focus and responsibilities for the Town Deal Board (e.g. from project development to delivery); or
    • A change in Town Deal Board Membership.

    Town Boundary

    The proposed boundary for the Towns Fund is articulated by the map image at the top of this webpage, which outlines the proposed interventions. This boundary builds upon the Nomis boundary proposed by Government in order to incorporate recent and forthcoming developments as well as areas of environmental interest, such as the Washlands and riverside. The proposed boundary can be amended prior to the submission of the Town Investment Plan if there is an argument to do so, however this would be subject to approval from Government.