Medway Council has been allocated £246, 396 from the government’s reopening High Streets Safely Fund.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s £50million fund aims to help councils across England prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces. The funding will support practical measures so businesses can re-open quickly when they are able to, enable staff get back to work and help customers return to shops confident it is safe.
Medway Council will be exploring a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers to ensure Medway’s high streets are ready for when businesses are able to open and trade safely.
On Monday, 26 May, the Prime Minister announced that all non-essential retail shops could reopen from Monday, 15 June.
We are committed to supporting local businesses and our high streets
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We welcome this funding which will enable us to prepare for the safe reopening of our high streets. We will continue to work with our town centre forums, community groups and retailers to explore a range of options on how to best utilise the funding to ensure our high streets are safe for businesses, staff and residents to use when non-essential retail shops reopen. We have all been affected by the coronavirus and we are committed to supporting local businesses and our high streets to ensure they continue to thrive, as they did before the pandemic.”