Oldham bids for Future High Streets Fund

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Oldham is submitting a bid for Oldham town centre to the Government’s new Future High Streets Fund.
£675 million is avaiable to support local town centres and improve high streets.
It is part of a wider plan to transform Oldham town centre.
Sean Fielding, Oldham Council Leader, said: “We’re bidding for money from the Future High Streets Fund to help us to improve, adapt and modernise Oldham town centre.”
“Times, habits and aspirations are changing - so are our High Streets and, crucially, what will draw people in to use areas like this.
“Our task is to get Oldham town centre’s fair share from this funding opportunity and focusing our efforts on that area means we can submit the strongest possible bid with the best chance of success.
“Competition will be fierce because retail’s decline is affecting every High Street but if we’re successful we can use this money for important steps like addressing empty shop units, making the environment more attractive and improving the infrastructure.
This initiative compliments others that help residents, businesses and visitors, including Accessible Oldham and the Night Time Economy Task Force. It is also hoped that new homes can be built in Oldham town centre in a bid to increase the local population and people working or using the area.