Sefton Council is bidding for a slice of the £675m Future High Street Fund with bids planned for both Southport and Crosby.
The Future High Street Fund was announced in last November’s budget and aims to support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future.
In this first round, Sefton will include bids for both Crosby village and Southport town centre and builds upon the council’s ambitions for its town centres encapsulated within its agreed regeneration frameworks and 2030 Vision.
The Future High Street Fund aims to help councils, their communities and the private sector work in partnership to develop and sustain town centres to enhance their vitality and viability. The fund also includes the opportunity to bid for part of a £55m Heritage High Street Fund.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration, said: “Building on Sefton’s ambitions for its town centres, we are aiming to submit two bids to the Future High Street Fund for both Southport town centre and Crosby Village to help sustain them for the future. The bids will also support Sefton’s and the City Region’s ambitions for future growth.
“For Southport this will build upon Sefton’s success in securing around £10m of Heritage Lottery and Coastal Communities Funding for King’s Gardens, Southport Pier and the recently announced Townscape Heritage Scheme.
“For Crosby this will build on the significant private sector funding by St Modwen into the village centre. If successful, Sefton Council will continue to work in an inclusive way with private sector and community sector partners.”
Formal stage 1 bids for both projects will be made in the coming months with further details issued in due course.