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‘Welcome Back’ cash set to help re-open high streets

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2 APR

‘Welcome Back’ cash set to help re-open high streets

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

The Government is set to hand out cash to be used in the three Moorlands town, including Cheadle, to ‘welcome back’ customers to its high streets. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is set to receive £87,090 of the funding which is aimed at “helping local high streets reopen and attract shoppers and tourists."

The Government is set to hand out cash to be used in the three Moorlands town, including Cheadle, to ‘welcome back’ customers to its high streets.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is set to receive £87,090 of the funding which is aimed at “helping local high streets reopen and attract shoppers and tourists.”

However, SMDC has not yet laid out plans how it intends to spend the cash – high streets across the nation are set to be further re-opened on April 12, when the Government is set to allow non-essential shops to reopen their doors as part of the nation’s roadmap of coming out of the current Covid-19 lockdown.

Councils can use the ‘Welcome Back Funding’ to hold street markets and festivals, boost the look and feel of their high streets, with more seating areas and street planting or less graffiti, and install new signage to help keep people safe as restrictions are lifted.

Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley said she was delighted the Moorlands is getting £87,090 and looks forward to seeing how the money will be spent to help attract people back to the high streets post-lockdown.

She said: “I know how difficult it has been for businesses on our high streets over the last year, and I am determined to secure them all the help they need to recover.

That is why I am delighted that our area will receive £87,090 as part of the Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to reopen safely and successfully this Summer as restrictions lift.”

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added: “As we move to the next stage on the roadmap out of lockdown we are all looking forward to being reunited with friends and family outdoors and making a safe and happy return to our favourite shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

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.

As soon as the roadmap allows, we need to get behind our local businesses and enjoy all that this country has to offer and that we’ve been missing so much.

I’m allowing every pub in the country to erect a marquee in their garden for the whole summer as a one-off power to support our locals.”

The Times & Echo contacted SMDC to ask what is planned for the SMDC £87,090 Welcome Back Fund cash, in particular for Cheadle.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Staffordshire Moorlands District Council welcomes the recent announcement that we will receive £87,090 to help our High Streets and towns re-open following an extremely difficult year.

We know how hard it’s been for everyone in Staffordshire Moorlands and understand how important it is to make sure businesses are confident when re-opening and shoppers continue to feel safe whilst out and about.

Our regeneration team are currently working through the guidance from Government and will provide an update as soon as more information is available.”

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