The Prime Minister has expanded the Future High Streets Fund, confirming that another 50 towns in England will be given a share of £1 billion to revitalise their high streets. Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price is delighted that Grays is to be included in the scheme.
It is now over to Thurrock to develop a plan for how it will spend its share of £1 billion. This additional funding is part of the Prime Minister’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund announced last month which will ensure that towns are getting the improved transport and the improved broadband connectivity that they need to boost local growth and create more jobs. In Grays the scheme will support a new transport zone, mixed use units and new homes.
“I am delighted that Grays will receive a share in the £1 billion. Grays can be so much better. With leadership and vision and support from Government we should be ambitious about improving our environment and streetscape. It is now over to Thurrock Council to develop proposals that will genuinely keep the high street at the beating heart of the community. I am delighted that the Prime Minister has determination to renew our High Streets and is genuinely empowering local leaders to help transform their high streets and town centres.”
The Prime Minister Boris 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 expanding the High Streets Fund to support over 100 high streets to regenerate – backed by £1 billion of vital investment.
“This scheme is going to reenergise and transform even more of our high streets – helping them to attract new businesses, boost local growth, and create new infrastructure and jobs.