29-Dec-2020

Huntingdonshire District Council is proud to announce that following a successful bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF), the council has been awarded a total of £3,748,815.

Following receipt of £150,000 for the council to explore detailed development proposals to renew and shape the town centre, a full bid was submitted recognising the economic potential of St Neots, including input and work with key local stakeholders. The proposals of the FHSF were grouped into four broad themes:

  • strengthening the existing offer to increase the population living and working in close proximity to the town centre
  • attracting new amenities for residents and visitors utilising the town centre
  • retaining existing physical assets to increase footfall and dwell time in the town centre and
  • connecting the town centre better by improving access to the town centre for people walking, cycling and using public transport.

Executive Leader of the council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "A lot of time, hard work and commitment has been put into producing a plan for the growth and prosperity of St Neots. These funds, which are part of a much larger proposed £12 million plan, will be vital in achieving our ambitions for the town and district as a whole. We are aiming to future proof our towns and this significant investment will go a long way to realising those plans.

"This is the first step in many for the growth of Huntingdonshire and I am delighted that our bid has been successful. This government funding investment in St Neots is the trailblazer for future investment in the town and other areas of the district. We are building off the back of this success and are in the midst of creating similar plans for the other market towns."

Jonathan Djanogly MP said: "This is excellent news for St Neots and will be a real boost for the town as it seeks to recover, adapt and evolve as a result of the pandemic. This investment in our town, along with the funding from partners, will help us build back better and make St Neots an even better place to live, work and visit. I congratulate the District Council for putting together such an ambitious plan for the town and welcome the government's support for the project."