Ormskirk Town Centre to share £95 million fund to revive high streets

Ormskirk is set to be one of the historic shopping areas in England that will benefit from a £95m fund. This is a bid by the government and Historic England to revive 69 high streets across England.

Ministers said towns and cities across England will be able to start spending the allocated cash, with projects aimed at turning unused buildings into shops, houses and community centres.

The new Street Heritage Action Zones will be overseen by Historic England.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations but it is important that we make them work for the modern world.”

Ormskirk is set to receive part of the £18.7 million earmarked for the North West from the £95 million fund.

The selected projects will now work with Historic England to develop plans to revive their high street over a four year programme.

Working with local councils and communities, Historic England will deliver physical improvements and cultural activities to regenerate these high streets and restore local historic character.

The initiative will be funded by combining £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund with £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund. £3 million will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.

The full list of towns and cities set to benefit in the North West are:

Bacup, Rossendale

Barrow in Furness

Blackpool

Burnley

Chester

Fleetwood

Kirkham

Lancaster

Maryport, Cumbria

Ormskirk

Prescot

Stalybridge

Tyldesley, Greater Manchester

Wigan Town centre

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