Central Bedfordshire Council news and press releases

Welcome Back Fund boost for local high streets

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

As part of the government’s £56 million Welcome Back Fund being issued to councils nationwide, we're being allocated £255,873 to help local high streets re-open and attract shoppers and tourists.

We have plans for over 80 projects to be delivered in partnership with town and parish councils, who have helped identify what would best support their local communities.

Activities include:

  • vintage fair and outdoor cinema in Flitwick
  • welcome back event in Shefford town centre
  • al-fresco dining in Dunstable
  • community film about Langford
  • treet entertainment in Biggleswade

This funding builds on the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund (RHSSF) allocated to councils in 2020 which supported a safe return to high streets as lockdown restrictions eased.

Our Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, Councillor Kevin Collins, said:

We're committed to supporting our high streets and the announcement that Central Bedfordshire will receive over £255k as part of the Welcome Back Fund is fantastic.

Throughout the pandemic, we've been working with local businesses to ensure our high streets are welcoming and safe places for people to visit and enjoy. This extra cash boost will help us build on that work and develop new ideas.

There are so many exciting activities and events taking place in villages and towns across Central Bedfordshire this summer and I encourage everyone to find out what’s happening in their area.

Find out more about the Welcome Back Fund.