Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Regenerating high streets
This week the government launched a new High Streets Strategy, setting out how town centres will be transformed into vibrant places to live, work and visit as we build back better from the pandemic.
The regeneration of the high street is a key part of the plan to level up the country - and our new High Streets Strategy will help to deliver on this mission.
This strategy is about supporting high streets as they recover from the pandemic - turning vacant property into space for new businesses; planting millions of trees; tackling graffiti; and creating cleaner streets.
And the government is also launching a £150 million Community Ownership Fund, helping local groups take over pubs, theatres, shops and sports clubs at risk of closure without community intervention.
Measures taken to regenerate town centres this week also included the last fifteen Town Deals, one of which was Millom in West Cumbria. All 101 town deals announced in September 2019 have now been allocated funding.
These measures will help to support the recovery of our high streets, so they can thrive in the long-term as we build back better.