Fresh funding available for North Devon's high streets

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby outside Libertine on South Molton High Street

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby outside Libertine on South Molton High Street - Credit: Conservative Party

Improvements can be made to local high streets and tourist areas across North Devon 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. 

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, Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, 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 £86,191 as part of the Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to reopen safely and successfully this summer as restrictions lift. This is on top of our recent Future High Streets Fund win for Barnstaple. 

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“This will ensure that our high streets have the support they need as we move into recovery and build back better from the pandemic. The additional £100,000 for coastal communities can be used for anything that North Devon Council thinks will help reopen safely or it can be used to help bid for further support though any fund including the Levelling Up fund. I think we are far better prepared to reopen this summer than last and cannot wait until we are all out enjoying our coast and countryside again.” 

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. 

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“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.” 

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