A £500,000 project to restore and regenerate a Worcestershire town has been given the green light.
The cash, approved by regional development agency Advantage West Midlands yesterday, will be used to revitalise and boost tourism in Stourport-on-Severn.
A large chunk of the sum - £200,000 - will be spent on the restoration of the town's canal basins.
The three-year project includes upgrading the canal and 29 listed buildings and it is hoped will lure an additional 225,000 visitors a year to the town and boosting the economy by a further £1.7million.
Other projects to receive funding include the Stourport Pride feasibility study, which will give Wyre Forest District Council £15,000 to research enhancements to public areas around Stourport such as signs, street furniture, public art, landscaping and lighting.
The Wheels to Work project, managed by Worcestershire County Council, will receive a grant of £12,000 to provide affordable scooter hire to people on low incomes, allowing them to get to work in places with poor public transport.
A further £4,000 will be spent on a multi-use ball court for the Manor Farm housing estate, £2,000 will be used to promote and sustain Stourport's new farmers market and £4,000 will be spent on redeveloping the methodist church garden.
A Community Chest Fund of £23,100 will be set up to offer small grants to local community groups.