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Highcliffe's high street Lymington Road to undergo regeneration in BCP Council pilot scheme

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PLANS have been announced to regenerate Highcliffe's high street as part of a pilot scheme by BCP Council.

The project will also see revamps at Kinson and Broadstone, and similar schemes could follow at other high street and district centres across the council area with an extra £3.4m likely to be invested this year, £3.4m in 22/23 and £1.33m in following years, writes Trevor Bevins of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Lymington Road, Highcliffe (picture: Steve West)
Lymington Road, Highcliffe (picture: Steve West)

Council deputy leader Cllr Philip Broadhead says the council’s proposals to help key retail areas is attracting the attention of Government and he is hopeful of winning grant funding to assist with some of the projects.

He told councillors at a meeting on Monday that after Covid, and with borrowing rates at low levels, now was the right time to invest in important sites across the area.

In total 19 high street or district centres have been identified as being in need of extra investment.

The proposals, which will go to the full council in November, may involve taking the £3.4m out of the council’s £20m resilience reserve fund this year.

Cllr Nigel Brooks, lead member for retail strategy, argued that with thousands of retail units closing across the country and more predicted to go under, investment for the future was now at a critical point. He said the proposals set out ways to ensure high streets continued to flourish.

Cllr Mark Howell said he would like to see proposals to make better use of existing community owned facilities, such as libraries and community centres, and to ‘re-purpose’ closed retail units for the benefit of local people.

The areas identified for development and support include the three main town centres together with Hamworthy, Broadstone, Ashley Cross, Ashley Road (Parkstone), Boscombe, Canford Cliffs, Charminster, Highcliffe, Kinson, Lansdowne, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Tuckton, Westbourne, Winton and Moordown.

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