How big cash boost will be spent to improve Lincoln’s High Street

Lincoln’s High Street will soon be undergoing several improvements including a deep clean after receiving £175,000 in Government funding.

Improvements to the High Street will include a general clean-up of areas such as benches and flower beds, as well as new city centre signage.

City of Lincoln Council, along with Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG, has been awarded the funding to support the safe return to the city’s High Street following the coronavirus pandemic.

The money will also allow the city to put on a “high-profile event” early next year.

Councillor Neil Murray, portfolio holder for economic growth at City of Lincoln Council, said: “All planned activities, alongside our partners Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG, are focused on attracting residents to Lincoln city centre and helping to grow the local economy following the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we continue to open up, and welcome back visitors to the city, we aim to attract higher levels of footfall to the city to help grow the local economy and importantly ensure Lincoln continues to be a remarkable city and key tourist destination in the UK.

“I look forward to seeing works progress through this funding to enhance our great city further.”

Charlotte Goy, chief executive at Visit Lincoln, added: “Seeing residents and visitors return to the city over the past few months has been brilliant.

“Partnering with City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln BIG as we enter the festive season will ensure we can amplify support for local businesses.

“The events and activities will place Lincoln on the map as a tourist destination for the foreseeable future.”

Sarah Loftus, chief executive at Lincoln BIG, said: “This is absolutely fabulous news for the city as we will able to put on some amazing free events in the city centre to attract local residents and visitors to the high street.”

Some of the money will be used on Lincoln High Street to:

  • Deep clean the bus station
  • Clean up, paint and restore benches in the city centre
  • Increase pressure washing of areas with toilet and pigeon mess
  • Replant flower beds
  • Introduce posters including anti-littering and new city centre signage
  • Host a high-profile event in early 2022

The money has been awarded to Lincoln as part of the government’s Welcome Back Fund, which provides councils across England with a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

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