Love our High Street
THE new High Streets Minister Simon Clarke has been brought up to date on the regeneration in Kingswood.
Local MP Chris Skidmore and South Gloucestershire Council leader Cllr Toby Savage met Mr Clarke at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
They told him about the £3million cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority ‘Love Our High Streets’ initiative, and a larger bid through the Government’s Future High Streets Fund for wider regeneration works.
The new bid will be submitted in June and seeks a share of £1billion of funding between now and 2024. Included within this bid will be the additional £2.3million to fully restore the historic Whitfield Tabernacle into a community performance arts centre.
Councillor Savage and Mr Skidmore used the opportunity not just to showcase the work already in progress but to lobby for more support.
Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore said: “Meeting the new Minister so soon after his appointment was a fantastic opportunity to get Kingswood High Street on his radar as well as to promote the positive work being led by local Conservatives across South Gloucestershire to reinvigorate the hubs of our local communities.
“There is a lot of local ambition for the future of Kingswood High Street and the surrounding area and we need to ensure that those aspirations have enough resource behind them to ensure they come to fruition.”
Cllr Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, added: “It was a pleasure to meet the new Minister and to get his view on our community’s vision for Kingswood and our other high streets across South Gloucestershire.
“Our aim is to deliver new and exciting services to the community and deliver a rejuvenated town centre that attracts new businesses and new visitors and it was important to get a fresh and positive perspective on our work so far.”