Council to Bid for Slice of £675million for Town Centre

Published Tuesday, 29 January 2019

A council is to bid for a slice of £675million to rejuvenate Clitheroe town centre.

And Ribble Valley Borough Council’s new leader, Stephen Atkinson, has invited Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Jake Berry to visit Clitheroe so see for himself the challenges facing high streets.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s policy and finance committee voted unanimously to work up an expression of interest in the Government’s Future High Street Fund announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his 2018 budget.

Councillor Atkinson said: “The proposed redevelopment of the Clitheroe Market site has been ongoing for a number of years, but committee felt the new Future High Streets Fund was an excellent opportunity for the town centre as a whole.

“The Government has acknowledged that town centres lie at the heart of our communities, but the way we shop and use high streets is changing.

“This £675million fund aims to help high streets adapt to meet these changes and comes at an opportune time for Clitheroe, given our ambitions for improving the town centre.

“Committee decided that rather than continue with the development of Clitheroe Market in isolation the new fund provides an opportunity to consider wider improvements to the town centre, which will include the market.

“I have written to the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry, inviting him to Clitheroe to see for himself the challenges facing town centres.

“I would like to thank Barnfield Construction for their work to date on the original Clitheroe Market scheme.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council will submit an expression of interest in the fund by March and, if selected, will submit a business case by early 2020.

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