Chris Skidmore’s campaign to support our local High Streets and towns has now helped secure extra funding for our local area, with Kingswood High Street soon to be on receiving end of around £3million investment after being confirmed as a priority location in the West of England Combined Authority Love Our High Streets initiative. This investment also comes as the Government also recently announced an additional Future High Streets Fund to invest £675 million to support the redevelopment of our local towns and high streets.
Almost £500,000 of funding from the Love our High Streets initiative has now already been released to support Kingswood High Street, after £248,000 released from this fund was matched with £215,000 of funding from South Gloucestershire Council.
This investment will be used to provide our High Street with:
- A new Green Machine street sweeper, 30 new litter bins and extra money for street cleaning;
- Development of a Heritage Lottery Fund submission for investment in Kingswood Park, replicating the success of the approach taken with nearby Page Park in Staple Hill where visitor numbers have surged since a multimillion pound transformation;
- A senior planning officer to take forward the masterplanning of the High Street to provide new housing and employment opportunities, but also delivering strategies for the future of the heritage, green space and public realm.
Chris will continue to push for further funding releases to be made available as soon as possible to support the regeneration of the Whitfield Tabernacle site and the creation of a Makerspace digital skills training facility.
Chris will also continue to work with local Councillors and residents on his campaign for all of our local High Streets to receive this support in the near future, and was recently delighted to back the “Love Hanham High Street” campaign, which aims at promoting stores, independent shops and businesses in Hanham.