Crewe & Nantwich MP, Dr Kieran Mullan has welcomed more than £14 million funding for Crewe from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.
The £14.1 million will go towards nine projects including £3.1 million to transform the historic Christ Church into a new digital technology work space to encourage new digital entrepreneurs into the town. Another £1.2 million will go towards the planned new History Centre, set to replace the car park opposite the town hall.
Crewe is one of a 57 English high streets to receive a share of over £830 million to improve transport links, build new homes and transform underused spaces. The funding is part of the government’s plan to protect, support and create thousands of jobs in a range of industries, delivering opportunities and prosperity to communities across England.
The proposals included in Crewe’s Future High Streets Fund bid, include making the town centre more accessible and encouraging people to stay for longer. They include new in-town living accommodation; the development of a new state-of-the-art history centre; two new workspaces to help new/early-stage technology businesses to establish and grow; and the creation of a new sustainable energy network, initially linking public buildings to improve energy performance and drive down cost.
This work complements another current bid for funding from the government’s Towns Fund, a decision which is expected to be announced shortly.
MP Dr Kieran Mullan added:
“Funding like this shows this government does what it says it is going to do and this funding will help us build back better from the pandemic. “It will also help bring new jobs into the town as we go from jabs jabs jabs to jobs jobs jobs.
“I am now hoping we get further support when we find out the outcome of our Town Deal application later this month. I am confident that Crewe is going to get the support it needs to transform over the next few years.”
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“This funding is part of wider support we are providing to communities and businesses, to protect jobs, support the most vulnerable and ensure no one is left behind as we recover from pandemic.
This investment will make a huge difference to towns and cities across England and transform themselves in desired places to shop, visit, live and work.
The Future High Streets Fund will support towns, communities and businesses as we get back to enjoying the best of what the high street has to offer.”
In total, over £168 million of the Future High Streets funding has been allocated for the North West to ensure the region’s towns and cities can build back better from the pandemic.