News of a successful bid for extra funding to spend on improving Haverhill's High Street has been welcomed by ONE Haverhill Board Chairman, Cllr Anne Gower.
ONE Haverhill went for the Government cash after an unsuccessful Portas pilot bid (where several towns across the country received money and expertise to improve their shopping areas).
Cllr Gower said: "We were obviously disappointed that we did not win the first round of bids but delighted to have a second bite of the cherry. It is brilliant that we have won this £10,000 so we can find out who owns the empty shops and encourage them to help bring these premises back into use by, among other things, encouraging innovative uses. This work will also hopefully encourage new retailers to take a look at our town and help us make Haverhill the vibrant shopping destination people want it to be."
Apart from supporting improvements to the look of the High Street, the money will also be used to help identify who owns empty properties, including setting up a public register of landlords. The aim is to make it simpler and quicker for people to find out who they need to target if they want to start a High Street business.