Exmouth to get high street funding boost

PUBLISHED: 12:04 09 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:22 10 December 2019

Magnolia centre Exmouth. Ref exe 02 19TI 8235. Picture: Terry Ife

Magnolia centre Exmouth. Ref exe 02 19TI 8235. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth could be in line for a town centre funding boost.

The Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick said he wants Exmouth to benefit from Future High Streets Fund cash to help secure up to £20 million.

In the latest round of funding, Exmouth was not selected with the district council putting Axminster forward.

If Exmouth was selected for future rounds, it could receive up to £150,000.

The money could allow local authorities to work on detailed project proposals that can be submitted for capital funding.

The fund can be used to improve transport and access into town centres, convert empty retail units into new homes and workplaces, and invest in infrastructure.

Conservative Party election candidates for East Devon Simon Jupp lobbied the government for this funding.

Mr Jenrick said: "I want Exmouth to benefit from that (the Future High Streets Fund) and be part of the next group of towns to receive up to £20m each."

Ian MacQueen, chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is excellent news for Exmouth and demonstrates the importance of backing business to create jobs and opportunities for everyone."

The East Devon candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election are as follows:

Peter Faithfull (independent), Henry Gent (Green Party), Simon Jupp (Conservatives), Eleanor Rylance (Liberal Democrats), Daniel Wilson (Labour Party), Claire Wright (independent)

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