26 March 2021
£81,144 funding boost to help local high streets reopen
  • Cotswolds will receive £81,144 to help local high streets reopen and attract shoppers and tourists.
  • Government investing a total of £56 million through the Welcome Back Fund to help councils prepare for the end of lockdown when it is safe to do so.
  • This is part of a wider package of measures to revitalise high streets and level up communities – including steps to make it easier for eateries to serve customers outdoors and set up market stalls this Summer.

Improvements can be made to local high streets across the Cotswolds to help them safely and successfully open after lockdown thanks to Government funding.

A total of £56 million will be invested through the new Welcome Back Fund to help councils across England boost tourism, improve green spaces and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups, giving people more, safer options to reunite with friends and relatives this Summer.

MP for the Cotswolds, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said he was delighted the Cotswolds is getting £81,144 and looks forward to seeing how the money will be spent to help attract people back to the high streets post-lockdown.

Councils can use the funding to hold street markets and festivals, boost the look and feel of their high streets, with more seating areas and street planting or less graffiti, and install new signage to help keep people safe as restrictions are lifted.

Commenting, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP said:

“I know how difficult it has been for businesses on our high streets over the last year and I am determined to secure them all the help they need to recover. That is why I am delighted that our area will receive £81,144 as part of the Conservative Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to reopen safely and successfully this summer as restrictions lift.

“This fund follows Gloucestershire County Council’s successful bid for £ 1,352,000 from the Governments Rural mobility fund, giving a huge boost to bus services in rural areas.  This Welcome Back Fund will help the efforts of Visit Gloucestershire who are about to launch a new strategy for tourism recovery. The Government grants over the last year have helped businesses survive and these two recent grants for buses and improving our high streets should be a significant boost to help the Cotswolds economy bounce back strongly as the roadmap continues and businesses begin to reopen”.

Commenting, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said:

“As we move to the next stage on the roadmap out of lockdown we are all looking forward to being reunited with friends and family outdoors and making a safe and happy return to our favourite shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

“Our Welcome Back Fund gives every city, town and high street support to prepare for a great summer. This funding will help councils and businesses to welcome shoppers, diners and tourists back safely.

“As soon as the roadmap allows, we need to get behind our local businesses and enjoy all that this country has to offer and that we’ve been missing so much.

“I’m allowing every pub in the country to erect a marquee in their garden for the whole summer as a one-off power to support our locals.”