A Burntwood councillor says he hopes a funding pot worth more than £90,000 to help reopen high streets will reach areas across the district and not just Lichfield city centre.

Lichfield District Council has been awarded £92,501 from the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

The money, provided by the European Regional Development Fund, is to help businesses to reopen following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Cllr Steve Norman

Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group at Lichfield District Council, said he hoped all areas would benefit from the cash.

“I welcome this funding which is in addition to the Government’s package of support for business and workers during the economic emergency.

“I hope it will be of benefit to Burntwood, Fazeley and other centres in the district as well as Lichfield city. 

“I suppose this could be the last amount of funding Lichfield district gets before we leave the EU on 1st October, although the council can apply for expenditure up to March next year.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

The money is part of £50million distributed across England to allow local authorities to create additional measures to ensure the safety of shoppers and workers when retail areas reopen after lockdown.


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9 replies on “Burntwood councillor wants funding for safe reopening of high streets to reach areas beyond Lichfield city centre”

  1. Fabo wants out of EU, Jenkins wants out of EU. Where is this money coming from, the EU. You could not make it up

  2. Why did people around here vote so much for brexit?
    This money will not be coming from our govt, there’s literally no money. 90k is – virtually nothing.
    It’s beyond me, really.

  3. Mike, we’re a net contributor, so it’s hardly a gift is it?
    Good news that Nissan’s closing its’ Spanish operations and transferring HQ and production to the UK. By some amazing fluke I’ve seen hardly any “social media” comment about this.
    Imagine the outpouring if events had been the other way around.

  4. Rob
    We are not in the EU so in fact the money need not have come

    The UK stopped being a member of the European Union (EU) at 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020.

  5. ML:
    We’re still paying near-full member contributions during the transition period until December 2020. It’s a lot of money, much more than £50 million, and is part of the settlement leaving fee honouring prior financial commitments, so there’s no reason why it should not have come.

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