Stretford is a step closer to getting much needed funding for regeneration

A scheme by Trafford Council that will see Stretford Town Centre win funding to regenerate the area is a step closer.

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£675m is on offer to 50 areas and Trafford has progressed to round 2 of the Future High Streets Fund, if it gets past the next round Trafford will receive millions in funding to get the refreshed Stretford Masterplan operational.

If the council is successful, Stretford will see much more in the way of cycling and walking infrastructure and many other things residents would like to see, including work to the Essoldo Cinema.

New mixed-use housing developments on Lacy Street will see a couple of paths created from the Bridgewater Canal.

Trafford Council’s scheme to regenerate Stretford is a step closer to receiving millions of pounds worth of Government funding.

The Council has reached the second round of the £675m Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) which provides co-funding towards major projects.

The fund was launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in December and is designed to support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future.

The Council will receive further guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the next steps required later this month. There will then be further engagement and consultation with local communities to develop more detailed proposals as part of the Council’s commitment to a process of partnership working.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said: “We are delighted that Stretford has been successful in reaching the next stage of the Future High Streets Fund. Stretford deserves a great centre that is fit for the future. The Fund represents a fantastic opportunity to help the town centre reach its full potential and support delivery of our masterplan. Residents, communities and businesses are at the heart of all we do and I am looking forward to working with our partners in developing a business case.”

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