'˜We should decide how the cash is spent'

A COUNCILLOR has welcomed the news councils across England can apply for a share of the government's Future High Streets Fund '“ but hopes there will be flexibility in how the cash is spent in Portsmouth.

Thursday, 10th January 2019, 3:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 4:54 pm

Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development at Portsmouth City Council, said the £675m funding announcement comes at a critical time for the high street, but solutions to problems in the city may be different to other areas.

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The fund aims to rejuvenate high streets in the UK. Cllr Dowling said: '˜We welcome the news but hope the government will give us sufficient flexibility to decide how the cash is spent in Portsmouth.

'˜We agree more emphasis needs to be made on making our shopping centres into community hubs. The launch of Southsea Library in a Woolworths store in 2011 is a great example of how this approach can help to rejuvenate a shopping area. We'll be putting a bid together for the fund.'