Historic high streets across South West to receive share of new multi-million pound funding

190920- Gloucester High Street filmed in July-ITV News West Country
It's hoped the funding can help high streets recover Credit: ITV News West Country

Historic High Streets across the South West are to benefit from a new multi-million-pound programme to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and declining footfall.

Up to nine high streets across the region will receive a share of close to £12.8 million pounds of funding.

The funding forms part of the government's High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), which is being delivered by Historic England.

The aim is to deliver schemes that will transform and restore dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, workplaces and community spaces.

The High Streets that have been selected are:

The new aims of the new programme is to make sites like this less common. Credit: ITV News West Country

Rebecca Barrett, regional director at Historic England in the South West, said: "Whether it's a medieval market town, or a post-war city centre, every high street in England has a distinctive history that can be harnessed to help it achieve a prosperous future. 

"Investing in heritage delivers good results for people - it means looking after and celebrating the places at the heart of our communities, and the buildings and public spaces which define their character.

This investment for our Historic High Streets Action Zone scheme will unlock the potential of these precious high streets and help them thrive again."

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