Middlesbrough makes the cut as 50 towns are set to share a £1billion governmental grant to improve their high streets.
Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced funding to be used to improve public transport and transform disused spaces.
Fifty towns in England will share £1bn to give their struggling high streets a face lift.
More than 100 high streets will benefit from the High Streets Fund and Middlesbrough makes the cut. The money can be used for a number of projects; including improving transport links to the town centre or converting empty shops into houses or offices.
This comes as high street footfall fell by 4.8% in May, compared with the same month in 2018. Meaning retailers are struggling to stay in business, with mass store closes becoming commonplace. Consequently leading to job losses and profit warnings for household names such as Debenham.
PM 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”
As Middlesbrough makes the cut, the local authorities will receive up to £150,000 to rejuvenate their town centre.
The scheme was introduced in December 2018 in a bid to drive economic growth and, above all, sustainably improve resident’s living standards.
Some measures have already been put into place – such as the creation of the High Street Task Force. As well as smaller retailers seeing their bills cut by one third, as a result of business rates discounts.
So Middlesbrough makes the cut but which other Northern towns are set to benefit?
- Barrow: Barrow town centre
- North Lincolnshire: Scunthorpe
- Blackpool: Blackpool town centre
- Fylde: Kirkham town centre
- Halton: Runcorn Old Town
- Barnsley: Barnsley town centre
- Calderdale: Elland town centre
- North East Lincolnshire: Grimsby town centre
- Rochdale: Rochdale town centre
- Hambleton: Northallerton
- Redcar and Cleveland: Loftus
- Torbay: Paignton
- Scarborough: Scarborough town centre
- Carlisle: Carlisle city centre
- Northumberland: Blyth town centre
- Rossendale: Bacup town centre
- Allerdale: Maryport town centre
” High streets have a crucial role to play as we work to grow the economy of all parts of the country…
“Interest in the Fund has been huge, and with so many strong applications, I am extending the number of towns moving forward to the next phase and getting a chance to develop their proposals.” Said Communities Secretary Rt Hn Robert Jenrick MP.
Finally going on to add: ““The government is going to level-up our regional economies and as Communities Secretary I am proud to be driving this agenda forward.”