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This £10m WECA project could 'transform' high streets in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Somerset

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 31 October 2018 15:54

This £10m WECA project could 'transform' high streets in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Somerset

The West of England Combined Authority (Weca) is planning to invest £10million into transforming high streets.

Weca is funding three ‘Love our High Street’ pilot projects in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

Metro Mayor Tim Bowles; Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council; Tim Warren, leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council; and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees are working together on the proposals.

The location of the pilot projects has not been decided, but Weca says it will look at the potential for community-led high street regeneration.

Mayor Tim Bowles said: “It’s been a tough time for our high streets as online shopping becomes increasingly popular.

“Our new 'Love our High Street' project will explore how we can secure funding, expertise and support to revive our town centres.

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“We will work with our councils and communities to support their plans to transform key high streets and town centres."
 
Mr Bowles believes the future of the city's high streets isn’t just about shops, but also businesses, community activities, services and homes.

He added: "We must work with our communities to embrace the future of our high streets in the digital age.”

A more detailed proposal will be brought to the Weca committee on 30 November.

Monday’s Budget also announced a separate £1.5billion fund to boost high street retailers.

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