Haverhill High Street in a bid for government funding
West Suffolk is set to put Haverhill forward in a bid for a new Government fund to help improve and transform town high streets.
The bid will be to the recently announced £675 million Future High Street Fund where councils from across the UK can apply for grants.
Councillors will be asking Haverhill people, businesses and partners to get behind the bid and show their support in applying for the funding.
West Suffolk Councils has already either invested heavily or attracted external grants for local market towns and rural areas.
For this particular fund, Haverhill best meets the criteria set down by Government with projects and initiatives either in place or ready to be worked up.
Due to the population size of the new West Suffolk Council, which will be created in April, the authority will also be able to make a second bid in due course.
One of the reasons for creating the new West Suffolk Council was the ability to better lobby for funding from Government, such as the Future High Street Fund..
St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Susan Glossop, Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth, and her Forest Heath counterpart Councillor Lance Stanbury, said: “Like all our West Suffolk towns and villages Haverhill is full of potential.
“We want to seize the chance to access this Government funding and work with local communities and partners to drive further improvements.
“In this case Haverhill is the best fit for the funding criteria and we will be working up the detailed submission of interest to submit by March 22.
“In the meantime, we will be asking people to show their support for the bid to help get the funds and will be explaining how they can do their bit.
“We already work closely with One Haverhill, the town council and other public sector colleagues on ways to support local communities and businesses.
“As part of our drive to manage growth and encourage prosperity we have been investing in our towns and villages and bidding successfully for external funding.”
The two councillors added: “This latest bid is part of West Suffolk Council’s aim to boost the local economy and invest in the future of our area.”
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