Milton Keynes Council is investing almost £360,000 into the city’s high streets to help encourage shoppers back post-pandemic.

Working alongside local businesses and parish councils, the first part of the funding is a £240,000 Welcome Back Fund from the government, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which will be shared across six areas of the city to help regenerate the local high streets. The areas include Newport Pagnell, Olney, Stony Stratford, Wolverton and Greenleys, and Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. The funds will also go towards the Milton Keynes Business Improvement District to invest in central Milton Keynes.

The second part of the funding is from the council’s economic recovery plan, with £120,000 also being invested into the six high streets; with parish councils and business associations able to use the money to help fund local shopping events and run promotion campaigns.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development, Cllr Robin Bradburn said “I’m really proud of our efforts to support our high streets during these tough times. The Welcome Back Fund and our Economic Recovery Plan are just a couple of ways in which we’re helping deliver a fair and balanced recovery from the pandemic.”

The council is also working with other areas to bring improvements with announcements to follow soon.

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