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50 towns to share £1bn to improve high streets – is yours on the list?

Fifty towns in England will be given a share of £1bn to revitalise their struggling high streets.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the announcement means more than 100 high streets will be supported by the High Streets Fund.

The money could be used for schemes such as improving transport links or converting empty shops into homes or offices.

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The news comes as high street retailers fight to stay in business, with mass store closures, job losses and profit warnings.

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Mr Johnson said: “Our high streets are right at the heart of our communities, and I will do everything I can to make sure they remain vibrant places where people want to go, meet and spend their money.

“But with our town centres facing challenges, we’re today expanding the High Streets Fund to support over 100 high streets to regenerate – backed by £1bn of vital investment.

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“This scheme is going to re-energise and transform even more of our high streets – helping them to attract new businesses, boost local growth, and create new infrastructure and jobs.”

Image: Harlow in Essex is also on the list of areas that can use some of the fund

The local authorities and the sites set to benefit are:

Dudley: Brierley Hill town centreBarrow: Barrow town centreDover: Dover town centre and waterfrontPlymouth: Plymouth city centreSouth Gloucestershire: KingswoodWarwick: Leamington town centreNorth Lincolnshire: ScunthorpeBlackpool: Blackpool town centreFylde: Kirkham town centreHalton: Runcorn Old TownTorridge: BidefordNorth Devon: BarnstapleAshfield: SuttonTeignbridge: Newton AbbotBarnsley: Barnsley town centrePortsmouth: FrattonThanet: RamsgateCalderdale: Elland town centreNorth East Lincolnshire: Grimsby town centreRochdale: Rochdale town centreSouthampton: Heart of the City QuarterWiltshire: Salisbury city centreNewcastle-under-Lyme: Newcastle-under-Lyme town centreDoncaster: Doncaster WaterdaleHambleton: NorthallertonSouth Kesteven: GranthamRedcar and Cleveland: LoftusNuneaton and Bedworth: Nuneaton town centreTamworth: Tamworth town centreBolton: Bolton town centreTorbay: PaigntonScarborough: Scarborough town centreCarlisle: Carlisle city centreWorcester: Blackfriars – northern city centreHuntingdonshire: St NeotsNorthumberland: Blyth town centreTendring: Clacton town centreWiltshire: TrowbridgeRossendale: Bacup town centreHarrow: WealdstonePortsmouth: Commercial RoadThurrock: Grays town centreSouth Holland: HolbeachHarlow: Harlow town centreWandsworth: Putney town centreWycombe: High WycombeForest of Dean: Cinderford town centreAllerdale: Maryport town centreMiddlesbrough: Middlesbrough centreGreenwich: Woolwich town centre

SOURCE : https://news.sky.com/story/1bn-given-to-towns-to-spruce-up-high-streets-is-yours-on-the-list-11794437

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