£7.5m boost for Kingswood High Street improvements

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WofE Mayor Tim Bowles

A major scheme to rejuvenate Kingswood High Street has been given a £7.5m boost by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

The provisional investment is linked to WECA’s Love our High Streets programme and is subject to Government funding being secured. It presents a significant opportunity to lever in a provisional award of £12.5m through the Government’s Future High Streets programme, alongside £5m from South Gloucestershire Council.

It will support the council with property acquisition and first phase redevelopment; the restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle (with funding for stabilisation previously awarded by WECA), the pedestrianisation of Regent Street and public realm enhancement.

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “I created and invested in the Love our High Streets programme to transform our town centres and give them a renewed vigour, ensuring our high streets remain the anchors of our local communities, as part of the region’s recovery.

“The future of our high streets isn’t just about shops, it’s about our businesses, community activities and the way that spaces are used. Kingswood is by far the stand-out example of how, by working together in the region and with Government, we can have a positive plan for our High Streets and make them real destinations again.”

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