Government announce ‘Reopening High Streets Safely’ fund


On Sunday 24th May, the Government announced a ‘Reopening High Streets Safely’ fund designed to help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures for the reopening of high streets and other retail spaces.

The support package aims to cover a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers. This will help get businesses get ready for when they can begin trading safely in high streets and town and city centres.

The £50 million funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that the government is making available to councils to support businesses to re-open safely following guidance published on 13th May to help adapt urban centres and green spaces for social distancing during the pandemic.  The money will be allocated to councils on a per capita basis and will be ready to spend from 1 June 2020. Further information can be found in the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

High streets are critical to the economic recovery of our towns and cities and this new fund builds on longer-term funds already in place to support  their revival and boost their economic fortunes including the Future High Streets and Towns Funds.

Cathedral Quarter BID are working with Derby City Council and partners on the Derby Economic Recovery Taskforce which aims to lead Derby’s economic recovery from the effects of the coronavirus crisis.


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