Funding boost to help High Peak's high streets reopen

Additional funding to help the High Peak's high streets reopen after lockdown has been welcomed by the borough's council and MP. 

The High Peak will be getting a £81,980 share of a new £56 million government Welcome Back Fund - designed to help councils across England boost tourism, improve green spaces, and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups. 

It comes as local high streets are set to reopen soon when coronavirus restrictions ease, with non-essential retail, personal care and outdoor hospitality and attractions due to return from Monday 12 April subject to confirmation from ministers. 

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

High Peak Borough Council say its regeneration team is currently looking into how the money will be spent. 

A spokesperson said: “The Council welcomes the recent announcement that we will receive £81,980 to help our high streets re-open following an extremely difficult year.

"We know how hard it’s been for everyone throughout High Peak and realise how important it is to ensure safety continues for shoppers whilst supporting businesses and towns to re-open.

"Our regeneration team are currently working through the guidance from government and will provide an update as soon as more information is available." 

MP Robert Largan said: "I know how difficult it has been for High Peak businesses on our high streets over the last year, and I am determined to secure them all the help they need to recover.

"That is why I am delighted that the High Peak will receive £81,980 as part of the Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to reopen safely and successfully this Summer as restrictions are lifted.

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

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