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Scarborough gets up to £2m of Government Cash

Scarborough gets up to £2m of Government Cash

Published by Matthew Pells at 8:32am 14th September 2019. (Updated at 9:49am 14th September 2019)

Scarborough is to receive up to £2m from the governments Historic High Street Fund.

The town is one of 69 accross England to receive money to help revitalise high streets, in total £95m has been dished out.

The Scarborough cash will be used in the area around Eastborough and Newborough to "make key repair works to buildings as well as providing local property owners, residents and trade people with the opportunity to gain practical heritage skills". The town will be given "up to £2 million from the Heritage High Streets fund".

In what the government are describing as "the biggest ever single investment by Government in the UK’s built heritage" , projects across the country will transform disused historic buildings into shops, houses and community centres.

One of the aims of the scheme is to help traditional businesses adapt to better compete with online outlets by  helping high streets adapt to changing consumer habit.

The initiative will be funded by combining £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund with £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund. £3 million will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.

The investment builds on the Heritage Action Zones programme, run by Historic England, and aims to turn empty and underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing to support wider regeneration in the 69 successful areas by attracting future commercial investment.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

"Our nation’s heritage is one of our great calling cards to the world, attracting millions of visitors to beautiful historic buildings that sit at the heart of our communities.

It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations but it is important that we make them work for the modern world.

This £95 million will help breathe new life into high streets all over England, benefiting businesses, supporting our much-loved buildings and helping to make our communities more attractive places to live, work and visit."

Communities Secretary of State Robert Jenrick said:

"I want to make sure the nation’s high streets continue to be at the heart of local communities. Today’s funding, part of the £3.6 billion we have committed to helping towns across the country, will revitalise much-loved historic buildings, helping to reverse the decline of our town centres. Ensuring that prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in our biggest cities, is a priority of this Government in our mission to ‘level up’ the regions."

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said:

"We are doubling funding to nearly £100 million to revitalise our heritage high streets, ensuring they remain at the heart of our communities for years to come. This will help places across the country - from South Norwood to Scarborough - protect their treasured historic buildings and support local economies to thrive."

Historic England’s Chief Executive, Duncan Wilson said:

"Our high streets are the beating hearts of our communities. Many have roots that go back hundreds of years. Their historic buildings and distinctive character tell the story of how our towns and cities have changed over time. They are places where people come together to socialise, shop, run businesses and be part of their local community, but now they face an uncertain future.
Through physical improvements and cultural activities, we will work with partners to find new ways to regenerate our high streets. It is a challenge, but with our experience and track record, as well as the knowledge and passion of local councils, businesses and community groups our historic high streets can be thriving social hubs once more."




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zara, on 14th September 2019 8:38am
talk about getting money under false pretences! This council only likes knocking down historic buildings..

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