Government ignores Torridge over High Street revival

A THREE million pound Government fund to help hard hit High Streets has completely ignored the problems in the South West, according to Torridge and West Devon Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Adam Symons. The money has been divvied up to local counci

A THREE million pound Government fund to help hard hit High Streets has completely ignored the problems in the South West, according to Torridge and West Devon Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Adam Symons.

The money has been divvied up to local councils to help deal with the problem of empty shops on High Streets, caused by the recession. More than fifty local authorities have received grants which will help them boost town centres and revive empty shops.

However, according to Mr Symons, the fund has been almost exclusively targeted at urban areas outside the South West. Only Bristol has received a �52,632 share of the funding.

He said: There is a continuing pattern of this Government blatantly ignoring the needs of the South-West. Time and again, whether it is funding for village halls, or for local colleges, money is diverted away to Labour heartlands, and the South West receives virtually nothing.


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"This time, the only place in the South West to receive any funding was Bristol. Yet compared to some of our struggling High Streets in Torridge and West Devon, many of the places which received funding, such as Durham and Nottingham, are economic oases.

"The Government must think we are absolutely stupid if we cannot see what is going on here; the South West has been ignored again.

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