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Preston city centre’s £125,000 boost for the high street is signed off

Posted on - 27th June, 2020 - 10:23am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Social distancing measures in place at Next on Fishergate, Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
Social distancing measures in place at Next on Fishergate, Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston will see £125k fund to help safely re-open the high street after Preston City Council’s cabinet approved the fund on Wednesday evening (June 25).

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The money is part of a £50million scheme to safety reopen high streets from European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Read More: Road closures and more to boost Preston city centre as shops prepare to reopen

Money will be used on signage, a heightened cleaning regime, support for businesses and a range of other practical actions including increased planting to improve people’s experience of visiting the centre.

One of the temporary cycle lanes in Winckley Square
One of the temporary cycle lanes in Winckley Square

Some signage has already been put in place on benches as well as markings on pavements and pop-up cycle lanes have also been introduced to make cycling around the city easier.

Read More: The day Preston returned to shopping in the city centre

Side streets at their junction to Fishergate including Lune Street, Winckley Street, Cannon Street and Fox Street have been closed off to vehicles in an aim to prioritise walking and cycling due to continued restrictions on public transport and maintain social distancing.

Preston City Council confirmed their plans on Friday 12 June in a run up to the re-opening on non-essential businesses the following Monday.

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What do you think the money should be spent on? Have you been into the city centre to shop yet? Let us know your views in the comments below

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