Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced a £56m package to help coastal towns and high streets to reopen as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
The money will allow local councils (no details of which or how much has been made available, yet) to improve the ‘look and feel’ of areas with renovations of green spaces, expansion of outdoor seating and an increase in markets and pop-up food stalls.
‘Our Welcome Back Fund gives every city, town and high street support to prepare for a great summer.
This funding will help councils and businesses to welcome shoppers, diners and tourists back safely,’ Jenrick said.
He also announced that English pubs will be given new permission to erect marquees in their gardens for the whole summer.
Initial analysis by the Rural Services Network shows just 4 Predominantly rural areas are in the list of 70 authorities to “benefit from targeted, hands on support from the government’s High Streets Task Force” Need for this support has been assessed using the Index of Multiple Deprivation and a measure of retail exposure” The RSN has long argued that the IMD has a bias against rural areas in its composition.
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