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North East towns to benefit from £95 million revival fund

Hexham Photo: Historic England

69 high streets in England including Hexham, North Shields, Middlesbrough, Northallerton and Scarborough will be revitalised by a £95 million cash injection

Projects across the country will transform disused historic buildings into shops, houses and community centres

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.

"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."

– Nicky Morgan, culture Secretary
Middlesbrough Credit: Historic England

"High streets are right at the heart of our communities. It’s fantastic news for the people and businesses of Hexham, North Shields, Middlesbrough, Northallerton and Scarborough that they will receive this much needed boost to help them bring new life to their historic high streets.

Our high streets face many challenges, with some historic buildings underused and down at heel, but with a little investment and imagination they can be transformed into vibrant places that attract new businesses and other new uses. Historic high streets have a crucial role to play in delivering economic growth and attractive environments in which we can live, work and play. Historic England is looking forward to working with the local communities in Hexham, North Shields, Middlesbrough, Northallerton and Scarborough on these exciting historic high street projects."

– Trevor Mitchell, Regional Director for Historic England
North Shields Credit: Historic England