MP backs Future High Streets Fund bid

17 April 2019

Macclesfield MP David Rutley has given his backing to the town’s bid for funding from the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF).

It’s hoped the cash injection will help support projects to regenerate Macclesfield town centre.

David believes that funding from the FHSF could be effectively utilised to support a number of key regeneration aspirations.

These include: further investment in the public realm; repurposing historic buildings; growing and diversifying the town’s leisure and evening economy.

FHSF funding would also complement other initiatives in the town centre, which include a further £5 million promised by Cheshire East Council to enhance the public realm in Macclesfield.

There are also plans for a new food market in the former Picturedrome building on Chestergate, cited by many as a further boost for the local high street.

Mr Rutley believes now is a crucial time at which to seek FHSF funding, given Cheshire East Council’s recent work developing a new Strategic Regeneration Framework for Macclesfield.

Aligning this framework with the funding opportunities presented by the FHSF could help to unlock both public and private investment for the town.

A recent expression of interest bid to the FHSF is one of two submitted by Cheshire East Council, the other being for Crewe town centre.

The fund was launched last year by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help fund plans to make town centres fit for the future.

David said: “With the consultation on the Strategic Regeneration Framework completed, now’s the time to seize the moment and capitalise on the funding opportunities presented by the Future High Streets Fund to help further unlock a truly wide-ranging and ambitious regeneration strategy for Macclesfield town centre.

“I strongly support the expression of interest put forward by Cheshire East Council in the fund, and will continue to work closely with the council, local businesses, residents and community groups, in taking this and other key regeneration initiatives forward, and to helping to realise the town centre our community needs and wants.”

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