The Government is giving us cash but tell US what YOU would like done to boost town centre of March?

PUBLISHED: 12:32 12 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:32 12 July 2019

Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER

Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER

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Demolishing derelict buildings in Acre Road, boosting the riverside for tourism and improving Broad Street all feature in a blueprint that has won up to £150,000 of initial funding for March.

If the plans win through to the next round, further millions of Government cash - plus other millions from the Combined Authority - could radically transform- the town

Fenland Council has got through to the second round of the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF), which aims to transform town centres and make them "fit for the future".

Blueprint for March. The drawing put forward by Fenland Council to the Government showing how they envisage various parts of the town being re-developed. A race to get the drawings to 'shovel ready' status is under way. Picture: FDCBlueprint for March. The drawing put forward by Fenland Council to the Government showing how they envisage various parts of the town being re-developed. A race to get the drawings to 'shovel ready' status is under way. Picture: FDC

March is one of just 50 town centres in the country to go forward into the next phase of assessment, with each area receiving up to £150,000 of funding to develop detailed project proposals, based on their initial plans.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says it will work closely with the successful areas, focusing on places that have "shovel ready" projects where there might be opportunities to accelerate these.

£150,000 of Government funding is heading to the Fenland town of March. It is one of 50 towns across the UK named in the latest release of funds to help support and revive our traditional market town high streets. MP Steve Barclay announced the news today. Picture; STEVE BARCLAY £150,000 of Government funding is heading to the Fenland town of March. It is one of 50 towns across the UK named in the latest release of funds to help support and revive our traditional market town high streets. MP Steve Barclay announced the news today. Picture; STEVE BARCLAY

When each place's business case development phase has completed (expected to take 6-12 months), each authority will submit specific project plans which will be assessed by the Government. Successful places will receive up to £25 million each depending on project sizes (average £5-10m).

The news comes as a further regeneration boost for March, with strategic work to help the town adapt and thrive already underway as part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's Masterplan for Growth initiative, known locally as Growing Fenland.

£150,000 of Government funding is heading to the Fenland town of March. It is one of 50 towns across the UK named in the latest release of funds to help support and revive our traditional market town high streets. MP Steve Barclay announced the news today. Picture; STEVE BARCLAY£150,000 of Government funding is heading to the Fenland town of March. It is one of 50 towns across the UK named in the latest release of funds to help support and revive our traditional market town high streets. MP Steve Barclay announced the news today. Picture; STEVE BARCLAY

Fenland District Council Leader, Cllr Chris Boden, said: "We know that the high street is no longer a place people need to go to, so we must focus on making it one that they want to go to.

"By developing mixed use space to support a cultural, retail and leisure offer, bringing greater population density into the town centre, and improving the public realm, we will ensure March is a resilient market town, which can adapt to irreversible global trends, such as online shopping."

Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER

MP Steve Barclay said: "Well done to councillors, officials and everyone involved locally in the successful bid."

"It is another example of how we are ensuring Fenland is on the map when the Government allocates funding."

Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTERBehind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER

Minister Jake Berry MP said: "High Streets are a crucial part of our local economies and people care about them because they are also the centres of their community.

"But we recognise that changing consumer behaviour and the rise of online shopping presents a significant challenge and that's why we are taking action to help them evolve."

Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER

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Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER Behind the 'curtains' of a summer's day in March, the retail sector is by no means as healthy as it once was. The tonw may look and feel busy but retailers are hurting. Now a £150,000 boost from the Government could help to revitalise our town centre. Picture; HARRY RUTTER

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