Published: 11th Feb 2021

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has given a £7.5m to plans to rejuvenate a South Gloucestershire high street. The provisional investment to regenerate Kingswood high street is linked to WECA’s ‘Love our High Streets’ programme and is subject to government funding being secured. It will support South Gloucestershire Council with property acquisition and first phase redevelopment; the restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle (with funding for stabilisation previously awarded by WECA), the pedestrianisation of Regent Street and public realm enhancement. ‘I created and invested in the Love our High Streets programme to transform our town centres and give them a renewed vigour, ensuring our high streets remain the anchors of our local communities, as part of the region’s recovery,’ said West of England mayor, Tim Bowles. ‘The future of our high streets isn’t just about shops, it’s about our businesses, community activities and the way that spaces are used. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)