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Cash boost for Black Country high streets

By Liam Keen | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Black Country and Staffordshire councils been given up to £150,000 to try to secure more funding to improve the city’s high street.

Wolverhampton's Civic Centre

The cash boost has been granted by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government and will be used to set up a ‘business case’ for further funding.

Wolverhampton Council, Walsall Council, Stafford Borough Council and Wyre Forest Council have been shortlisted for the government’s Future High Streets fund, which aim to make high streets ‘fit for the future’.

More than 50 areas across the country are set to benefit from the £675 million scheme.

Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, Councillor Harman Banger, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted and believe we have a strong case for this funding.

“Wolverhampton is experiencing an unprecedented level of growth and opportunity. We are working with a wide range of key partners and stakeholders to continue to stimulate and accelerate this growth.

“The Future High Streets Fund gives us a fantastic opportunity to build on this work and, most importantly deliver real, tangible benefits for our diverse communities. Re-imagining and reinventing our city centre is a key priority.”

“We have made a strong start, creating an independent City Centre Commission and working in partnership to deliver a number of transformational schemes such as a £150 million city centre Interchange, thousands of new city centre homes, the £50 million Westside leisure development, £38 million investment in our Civic Halls to create a world class international venue, and being the UK’s first eBay partner on the Retail Revival scheme, which has seen small businesses reach £4 million sales since September 2018.

“This is our wider vision of the city.

“The bid focuses on the area of the city centre to the west of, and including, Victoria Street.

“Support through the Future High Street Fund would build on the strong delivery that is already underway in the city centre, it will enhance and connect an area of the city centre that has, over recent years faced a number of challenges.”

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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