A trio of places in the West Midlands are set to benefit from an injection of new funding aimed at rejuvenating their high streets.
Stirchley in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Coventry have been named among the first 14 towns and cities to receive up to £25 million each from the Government’s £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.
The list of 14 English locations, along with another six yet to be announced, will be used as pilots.
The Government’s new High Streets Task Force will offer face-to-face support, access to research, online training and footfall data to give businesses and local leaders support to help them transform local town centres.
The capital is part of the wider £3.6 billion Towns Fund which was first announced last summer.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “This government is investing £3.6 billion in our great towns, including £1 billion to help our high streets to adapt and evolve while remaining vibrant and safe places at the heart of our communities.
“Central to the mission of this new government is levelling up towns and regions, ensuring prosperity and opportunity are available to everyone.
“Over the course of 2020, we will invest hundreds of millions into projects to transform our town centres and support bespoke plans to meet the needs of individual local communities.”
The High Streets Task Force was announced by the Government in response to recommendations of an expert panel on the high street chaired by Sir John Timpson, owner of shoe repair and key cutting chain Timpson.
The task force is run by the Institute for Place Management on behalf of the Government and includes a range of expert groups on reinventing and restructuring places including the Royal Town Planning Institute and The Design Council.
A total of 101 towns and cities are set to benefit from a grant from the Future High Streets Fund including the following in the West Midlands – Bloxwich in Walsall, Burton-upon-Trent, Dudley, Hereford, Kidsgrove in Newcastle, Nuneaton, Redditch, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Telford, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
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