The announcement this week that Norfolk towns will share in a £95 million pot to rejuvenate the country’s high streets has been welcomed by South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss. Swaffham, situated in Liz’s constituency, will benefit from the allocation of £7 million to the East of England to invest in historic high streets. This is the biggest single investment by government into the UK’s built heritage and will see disused historical buildings revamped into shops, houses and community centres.
Liz commented ‘This is excellent news for Swaffham, with superb work done by local councillors and residents in securing this funding. From the Swaffham pedlar, to the market and wonderful independent shops and cafes – the town is a huge asset to Norfolk. But across the whole of the county, we have fabulous towns and villages and I have been pressing the government in Westminster to ensure our rural areas are fully recognised and supported. This funding announcement represents the biggest single investment by a government into the UK’s rich heritage and is great boost for the region.’