PM Boris Johnson announces cash boost for Grays High Street

THE prime minister announces funding which can be used for projects such as improving public transport or converting empty shops reports Sky News.

Grays High

Fifty towns in England will be given a share of £1bn to revitalise their struggling high streets including Harlow.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the announcement means more than 100 high streets will be supported by the High Streets Fund.

The money could be used for schemes such as improving transport links or converting empty shops into homes or offices.

The news comes as high street retailers fight to stay in business, with mass store closures, job losses and profit warnings.

Mr Johnson said: “Our high streets are right at the heart of our communities, and I will do everything I can to make sure they remain vibrant places where people want to go, meet and spend their money.

“But with our town centres facing challenges, we’re today expanding the High Streets Fund to support over 100 high streets to regenerate – backed by £1bn of vital investment.

“This scheme is going to re-energise and transform even more of our high streets – helping them to attract new businesses, boost local growth, and create new infrastructure and jobs.”

The local authorities and the sites set to benefit are:

Dudley: Brierley Hill town centre
Barrow: Barrow town centre
Dover: Dover town centre and waterfront
Plymouth: Plymouth city centre
South Gloucestershire: Kingswood
Warwick: Leamington town centre
North Lincolnshire: Scunthorpe
Blackpool: Blackpool town centre
Fylde: Kirkham town centre
Halton: Runcorn Old Town
Torridge: Bideford
North Devon: Barnstaple
Ashfield: Sutton
Teignbridge: Newton Abbot
Barnsley: Barnsley town centre
Portsmouth: Fratton
Thanet: Ramsgate
Calderdale: Elland town centre
North East Lincolnshire: Grimsby town centre
Rochdale: Rochdale town centre
Southampton: Heart of the City Quarter
Wiltshire: Salisbury city centre
Newcastle-under-Lyme: Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre
Doncaster: Doncaster Waterdale
Hambleton: Northallerton
South Kesteven: Grantham
Redcar and Cleveland: Loftus
Nuneaton and Bedworth: Nuneaton town centre
Tamworth: Tamworth town centre
Bolton: Bolton town centre
Torbay: Paignton
Scarborough: Scarborough town centre
Carlisle: Carlisle city centre
Worcester: Blackfriars – northern city centre
Huntingdonshire: St Neots
Northumberland: Blyth town centre
Tendring: Clacton town centre
Wiltshire: Trowbridge
Rossendale: Bacup town centre
Harrow: Wealdstone
Portsmouth: Commercial Road
Thurrock: Grays town centre
South Holland: Holbeach
Harlow: Harlow town centre
Wandsworth: Putney town centre
Wycombe: High Wycombe
Forest of Dean: Cinderford town centre
Allerdale: Maryport town centre
Middlesbrough: Middlesbrough centre
Greenwich: Woolwich town centre

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