South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed a new £62m fund to regenerate historic high streets.
The new funding will build on successful programmes, to regenerate high streets by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing.
The funding includes £44m from government and Historic England to create dozens of High Streets Heritage Action Zones overseen by Historic England. These will give councils, businesses and community groups access to expert advice and investment to bring historic buildings back into use and support historic high streets to adapt to challenges.
A further £15 million will be invested in the Architectural Heritage Fund, and £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.
Mr Dunne said: “Historic High Streets like those found in the markets towns across South Shropshire are not only vital to local commerce but also are iconic in heritage terms, attracting visitors from across the country and overseas.
So I am pleased this new fund will help historic high streets meet their full potential and address the challenges of the future. I am encouraging Shropshire Council to make the case for High Streets Heritage Action Zones in South Shropshire, to support our historic high streets.”