£100,000 boost for north Oxon high streets

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HIGH streets in the Bicester and Banbury area have had a £100,000 boost following a national review by retail guru Mary Portas.

Cherwell District Council (CDC) is one of 100 local authorities chosen to share the Government’s £10,000 High Street Innovation Fund.

The fund was unveiled last Friday as part of the ‘Portas-Plus’ package. Money will is designed to support new business start-ups and bring empty properties into use.

CDC chief executive Sue Smith said: “We are obviously delighted to receive this financial support and will work alongside the town and parish councils to consider where the money is best spent to ensure we can improve the overall economic vitality of this area.

“We are already working on a master plans for Banbury and Bicester and want to roll this out to Kidlington. Our vision is to enhance the urban centres of the district by attracting new retailers, developing living accommodation in the centres and at the same time ensure that future developments blend with the existing offers and the historic fabric of the district.”