£114,000 boost to help Ashfield high streets reopen after lockdown

High streets across Ashfield are set to receive a share of more than £114,000 to help the local economy reopen and attract shoppers and tourists after the lockdown.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:09 am

The Government is investing a total of £56 million through the Welcome Back Fund to help councils prepare for the end of lockdown when it is safe to do so.

Improvements can be made to local high streets across Ashfield to help them safely and successfully open thanks to the £114,528 Government offering.

The funds will help boost tourism, improve green spaces and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups – giving people more options to reunite with friends and relatives this summer.

MP Lee Anderson

MP for Eastwood and Ashfield Lee Anderson said he was delighted the area is getting £114,528 and looks forward to seeing how it will be spent to help attract people back to the high streets post-lockdown.

Mr Anderson said: “I know how difficult it has been for 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 our area will receive £114,528 as part of the Conservative Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to reopen safely and successfully this summer as restrictions lift.

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

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.

Ashfield is also one of 70 councils across England that will benefit from additional hands on support through the new High Streets Taskforce, a group of elite high streets experts who will visit the area to provide advice on how to make changes to ensure high streets adapt to changing consumer demands and thrive in the years ahead.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added: “As we move to the next stage on the roadmap, we are all looking forward to being reunited with friends and family. We need to get behind our local businesses and enjoy all that this country has to offer that we’ve been missing so much.”