Major funding boost to help high streets in county

Improvements can be made to high streets across Northumberland to help them safely and successfully open after lockdown thanks to Government funding.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 1:35 pm
Coun Richard Wearmouth.

A total of £56million will be invested through the new Welcome Back Fund to help councils across England boost tourism, improve green spaces and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups – giving people more, safer options to reunite with friends and relatives this summer.

Conservative cabinet member for the economy at Northumberland County Council, Coun Richard Wearmouth, said he was “delighted Northumberland is getting £349,000 and I’m looking forward to seeing how the money will be spent to help attract people back to the high streets post-lockdown”.

Councils can use the funding to hold street markets and festivals, boost the look and feel of their high streets, with more seating areas and street planting or less graffiti, and install new signage to help keep people safe as restrictions are lifted.

Conservative county councillor for Morpeth Stobhill, John Beynon, said: “I know how difficult it has been for businesses on our high streets over the last year, having worked with many to help ensure they receive the grants they are entitled to. I am determined as we exit lockdown to secure them all the help they need to recover.

“That is why I’m delighted that our council is receiving these funds as part of the Conservative Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to re-open safely and successfully this summer as restrictions lift.

“This will ensure our high streets have the support they need as we move into recovery and build back better from the pandemic.”