The Conservative Government is investing £239,276 into Milton Keynes’ High Streets to get them back up and running after lockdown.
The Welcome Back Fund can be used by councils to hold street markets and festivals, boost the look and feel of High Streets with more seating areas and street planting or less graffiti, and install new signage to help keep people safe as they reunite with family and friends.
This will be a huge boost to Milton Keynes which has a number of high streets including those in Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford, Olney and Bletchley.
Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “This is fantastic news for Milton Keynes. High streets at the heart of our local communities and it’s vital we give them as much support as possible to help them bounce back from lockdown.
“I hope Milton Keynes Council will engage with local businesses to understand how the money can be best used locally.”
Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, commented: “I know how difficult it has been for businesses on our high streets over the last year, and I am determined to secure them all the help they need to recover.
“That is why I am delighted that our area will receive £239,276 as part of the Conservative Government’s new Welcome Back Fund, which will help our high streets to reopen safely and successfully this Summer as restrictions lift.
“This will ensure that our high streets have the support they need as we move into recovery, and build back better from the pandemic.”
Alex Walker, leader of the Conservative Group on MK Council, added: “It is great news that the Conservative Government are stepping in where the local Labour and Liberal Democrats have failed.
"High Streets are crucial to MK's recovery and to our many local communities who value their culture and history."