As we plunge into another lockdown (and does anyone really believe it will end mid February?) the Government has at least sought to provide some relief by announcing it will invest up to £830 million from the Future High Streets Fund.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said yesterday the money will be invested in 72 areas across England. Confirmed handouts include:
- £24.6 million to Birkenhead to help deliver 186 new homes, road safety measures and a permanent space for the historic market
- £17.9 million to Worcester for the renovation of the Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange, creating new homes for first-time buyers from underused space, and improving connectivity
- £25 million to Swindon to help it create a new public transport hub and improve cycle and pedestrian routes.