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Carlisle and Maryport to benefit from £1b high street fund

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Carlisle and Maryport are among 100 towns and cities across England which will see a share of £1 billion to 'reinvent' their high streets.

The funding, welcomed by local politicians, could be used to improve transport and access into town and city centres, transform empty units into new homes or workplaces, and invest in vital infrastructure.

With the rise of online shopping, high streets in the UK have seen a decline in footfall.

Carlisle high street is one of the 100 towns in for a revamp. Credit: ITV Border

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 today 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."

– Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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The scheme, which is a key part of the Government's plan to reshape town centres, was launched in December 2018.

Interest in the Fund has been huge, and with so many strong applications, I am extending the number of towns moving forward to the next phase and getting a chance to develop their proposals.

The government is going to level-up our regional economies and as Communities Secretary I am proud to be driving this agenda forward.

– Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

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