Coronavirus: £50,000 to help Craven high streets re-open

Coronavirus: £50,000 to help Craven high streets re-open

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 28th June 2020. (Updated at 10:53am 28th June 2020)

Craven District Council will spend £50,000 to help the area's high streets re-open as lockdown restrictions are eased.  

  • £50,000 will be spent in Craven helping the district's high streets re-open.
  • The government money will be used by Craven District Council to support retailers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  
  • It will go towards support for retailers, re-opening costs and new entertainment and alcohol licences.

It will be spent on support for retailers, re-opening costs, and new entertainment and alcohol licences.

The money's coming from the government as part of its Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

Skipton High Street - Google Maps

Councillor Simon Myers, Craven District Council's Lead Member for Enterprising Craven, said:

"It's vital that the council does everything within its power to support local businesses and the local economy.

"The impact of Covid-19 on the Craven economy is forecast to be dramatic with some estimates placing us as the 16th worst affected economy in the country. 

"The largest impact is forecast to be in the tourism sector which in Craven is expected to lose 30% of its output in 2020/21 and if this occurs the consequences of will be felt for many years.

"Already the impact is being seen in households across the district with an increase in the number of people receiving out of work benefits increasing by 225% to May  2020. As furloughing reduces it is expected that the number of redundancies will increase significantly.

"However, there are a number of steps that we can take to support local businesses and the Craven economy and we have already taken a range of actions, including the pedestrianisation of Skipton High Street on market days with Skipton Town Council and NYCC, providing grant funding to businesses, delivering advice and support, and working with Richmondshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority on future tourism development plans.

"There is an opportunity to capitalise on some of the positive changes such as homeworking, working locally and increased walking and cycling, and Craven is in an ideal position to benefit from this."