Government announces £56m fund for high streets and coastal areas amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government announces £56m fund for high streets and coastal areas amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced measures it will take to support the safe reopening of high streets and seaside resorts after coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures are lifted, as part of a £56m Welcome Back Fund. The funding can be used by councils and local authorities to invest in outdoor seating areas and green spaces, install in signage and floor markings to aid adherence to social distancing measures, and run festivals to support local businesses. Part of the fund is earmarked for coastal areas in an effort to help them welcome holiday makers and improve the tourism industry as areas reopen going into summer 2021.

Other measures are to be put in place to support the return of high street businesses, including the provision of support to local councils by the government’s High Streets Task Force of experts, whose role it is to advise councils on how they can adapt to meet changing consumer demands. The government also plans to implement a Parking Code Framework to reduce the effect of cowboy parking firms by creating a simplified appeals process, as well as introduce caps on private parking fines.

More information on the High Streets Task Force can be found here.

Source: New raft of measures to prepare our high streets and seaside resorts for summer

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