More than £14 million pound has been earmarked to help revitalise the High street in Stafford.
Stafford Borough Council has been successful in its bid for a share of the government’s Future High Street Fund (FHSF) which aims to boost town centres across the country.
A business case the council submitted to the government earlier this year revealed the huge investment being delivered in the county town and the ambitions for growth the local authority has set out as part of its future strategy.
Highlights included key schemes that will support the town’s High Street such as the proposed £500 million Stafford Station Gateway project, construction of the multi-million pound Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR) and the £2.5 million restoration of Victoria Park.
The bid also demonstrated the opportunities to boost the local economy that HS2 could provide and the key partnership working between the Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council.
The government also asked local authorities to take into account the impact of Covid-19 on the economy as part of their bid.
It was described by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) as a “major boost for local high streets” with up to £830 million from the FHSF to be invested in 72 areas across England. The MHCLG say they will be working with the Borough Council to finalise their proposals.
Stafford has been earmarked for a total of £14,37,723.
Councillor Patrick Farrington, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “This is excellent news. Yet again the government has recognised the role we have played in attracting major investment to the borough - and has now backed that with this proposal for substantial funding for our High Street plans.
“Stafford Borough Council will continue to lead, and deliver, on our priority for growth in the county town and wider borough and, with the continued support from our partners, will bring many of our initiatives to fruition.”
Councillor Farrington added: “We can see the construction work taking place on the multi-million pound SWAR; we have delivered a fantastic restoration at Victoria Park supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund; the government demonstrated confidence in our ability to deliver major projects by awarding us £750,000 to progress plans on a new garden community in the north of the borough – and, along with other ongoing redevelopment plans, I hope we can now look forward to showcasing plans for a revitalised High Street in the near future.“
Press Release No 5714