High streets throughout the Winchester district can look forward to a share of just over £90,000 to help recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
Retail, restaurant and bar users in the Winchester district will see wider streets and an increase in outdoor seating in newly pedestrianised areas in both Winchester city and surrounding market towns, as streets are redesigned to create safe pedestrian spaces and queuing zones. In addition, there will be a renewed focus on active travel by providing safe, sustainable routes within the city centre and market towns for those who want to walk or cycle.
Within three months in Winchester, the scheme aims to use the city’s new Wifi to support innovative ways to encourage people back to the centre with confidence. This could include an app that would help people visit at less busy times. Additional footfall counters will also be used to identify areas of high numbers of people.
Enterprise M3 has contributed £93,000 toward a total project cost of £242,000 in Winchester. The Supporting Town Centres Fund is a £500,000 fund utilising unallocated Local Growth Funding from central Government to identify and fund projects which can be delivered quickly to keep people safe as restrictions are eased around the region. The district of Spelthorne in Surrey will also receive funding.
Amount financed: 93,000
Total cost: 242,000
Status: In progress
Partner: Winchester City Council
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