Scarborough borough given £96,000 from Government to kick-start the high streets after lockdown

Scarborough Council has been given just under £100,000 to kick-start the borough's high streets when the lockdown restrictions have eased.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 9:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 9:46 am

To prepare for the reopening of non-essential retail on June 15, the Government's £50 million Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures

The Government hoped this will help to restart local economies, get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

It will also support a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers.

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This will help get businesses get ready for when they can begin trading safely, not only in high streets and town and city centres, but also in other public spaces like beachfronts and promenades.

Councils will also be able to use this money to develop local marketing campaigns to explain the changes to the public and reassure them that their high streets and other commercial areas are safe.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister announced new plans to reopen all non-essential shops in England on June 15.

Boris Johnson said shops will be able to open if they meet safety guidelines.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen from June 1.

High Streets Minister Simon Clarke MP said the funding for councils would support the effort to ensure a safe reopening.:

He said: "As we begin to slowly return to normality, the re-opening our high streets will be key to kick-starting our economic recovery.

"Levelling up the regions and supporting our high streets has always been central to the mission of this government.

"Many businesses have already introduced creative ways of trading such as contactless collection or taking orders by instant messaging and shows that they are ready for the challenges ahead.

"That’s why we are providing an extra £50 million for councils to support a range of safety measures that will help get these businesses back on track and ensure that people can enjoy their time visiting their local high street safely again."

Scarborough Borough Council has been allocated £96,527 from the fund.

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