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Historic High Street funding winners named

Government reveal 69 English towns and cities to benefit from £95m regeneration pot

THE 69 historic English shopping centres to benefit from the Government’s £95million regeneration fund have been revealed.

The BBC reported that projects aimed at turning disused buildings into shops, houses and community centres will see the largest share, £21.1m, go to the Midlands, including £2m to restore buildings in Coventry (pictured) that survived World War Two bombing.
The Government said the move would “breathe new life” into High Streets, and “support wider regeneration” by attracting future commercial investment in the 69 areas who successfully bid for their share of the funding which was first announced in May.
The Government’s Future High Street Fund is providing £52m, £40m will come from the Department For Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and a further £3m is being provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund – the full list of recipients is below
Other major projects include a £2m drive to restore historic shop-fronts in London's Tottenham area, which suffered extensive damage in the 2011 riots. That is part of the £14.3m allocated to London and the South East, with the Midlands getting £21.1m, North East and Yorkshire is to receive £17.2m and the remaining £18.7m goes to the North West.
“Our nation's heritage is one of our great calling cards to the world, attracting millions of visitors to beautiful historic buildings that sit at the heart of our communities,” said Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan.
“It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations but it is important that we make them work for the modern world.”
The announcement comes after figures showed around 16 shops a day closed in the first half of the year as retailers restructure their businesses and more shopping moves online.
Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC who were behind the research, said retailers had to invest more in making stores “relevant to today's consumers”, but added that “new and different types of operators” needed encouragement to fill vacant space.
In a statement the DCMS said: “Increasing competition from online outlets is putting High Streets across the country under growing pressure. As part of the Government's drive to help High Streets adapt to changing consumer habits, the £95m funding will provide a welcome boost.”
The 69 English towns, cities and districts that will benefit from the Government's £95m regeneration fund are:
North West: Bacup Rossendale, Barrow In Furness, Blackpool, Burnley, Chester, Fleetwood, Kirkham, Lancaster, Maryport Cumbria, Ormskirk, Prescot, Stalybridge, Tyldesley Greater Manchester and Wigan Town Centre
North East & Yorkshire: Barnsley, Hexham, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, North Shields, Northallerton, Scarborough CA Castle ward, Selby Town Centre, Skipton, Sowerby Bridge and Wakefield
Midlands: Brierley Hill, Buxton, Coventry, Grantham, Hinckley, Kettering Town Centre, Leicester, Leominster, Lincoln, Newark-on-Trent Town Centre, Oswestry, Stoke on Trent and Wednesbury Town Centre
East of England: Bedford, Dunstable, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Lowestoft, North Walsham, Swaffham
South West: Chard, Cullompton, Gloucester, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Plymouth, Poole, Redruth, Tewkesbury and Weston-Super-Mare
London and the South East: Chatham Intra, Croydon, Gosport, Harlesden, Hastings, Newport, Ramsgate, Reading, Ryde, Tottenham, Tower Hamlets and Woolwich



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