High streets to get £3m boostGovernment announces fund to avoid 'ghost towns'

13 August 2009

The government announced today that it will provide £3m to help high streets hit by the recession

A total of 57 local authorities have been given grants of £50,000 to replace empty shops on local high streets with communities, art galleries and other projects.

It's also hoped that the money will help independent businesses get started and move away from 'Clone Town Britain' 

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Local business to benefit

Communities Secretary John Denham said: 'We know that the downturn has really hurt high streets in areas of high deprivation across England. These grants will help to transform and reopen empty shops as part of our real help to keep town centres vibrant and combat the recession.'

The money will go to the hardest hit areas.

In April the government announced measures to make it easier for locals to take over empty shops, such as faster planning permission and powers for councils to intervene to help. 

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