On Wednesday 19 May, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed that St Neots is set to benefit from investment from the government’s Future High Streets Fund, alongside only 71 other high streets from across England.
Last month we confirmed that the total £12.8 million investment into the district’s largest market town, St Neots, was made up of £5.9 million from the District Council directly, £3.1 million from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £3,748,815 from the MHCLG’s Future High Streets Fund. We will be leading on the project, with valued input from local stakeholders though widespread consultation. The funding enables us to deliver the full £12.8 million scheme which comprises six projects:
- regeneration of the Old Falcon Inn
- redevelopment of the Priory Centre/Priory Quarter
- improvements to the Market Square
- improvements to the High Street
- improvements to the St Neots Road Bridge
- a new waterfront route.
Executive Leader of the council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "This welcome confirmation of the funding from MHCLG is the final step before we move to widespread local consultation throughout the summer.
"We can now focus on delivering this exciting project, and I am looking forward to the consultation where we will work with local residents and stakeholders to develop the detail of the overall investment, creating a prosperous future for St Neots town centre."
Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, said: "This is great news that the £3.75 million government funding for St Neots town centre has been confirmed. Thanks to Huntingdonshire District Council for putting together such a compelling bid for St Neots and investing further funds to deliver the full £12.8 million project, and to the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government for its commitment to St Neots."
Local consultation on the proposals for St Neots and how best to integrate the regeneration and development into the market town’s high street will begin this summer with residents, businesses and other local stakeholders.
The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018 and is a key part of the government’s plan to renew and reshape town centres – making them a more attractive place to live, work and visit. It is just one of the ways the government is supporting the retail and hospitality sector.