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Government finds cash for high street clean-up

England’s high streets are to benefit from a £9.75m clean-up fund launched by communities secretary James Brokenshire.

Councils can use this one-off funding to support volunteers and community groups to remove graffiti or tackle littering and support campaigns such as Keep Britain Tidy’s ’Great British Spring Clean’, running from 22 March-23 April, and the ’National High Street Perfect Day’ scheme.

Brokenshire said: “High streets are at the centre of our communities and, as places that are well loved, they sometimes need a bit of a spruce up to look their very best.

“That’s why we will be providing councils with £9.75m to work with community groups who need that extra money to give their local high street a spring clean, making sure their town centres are really spick and span.”

The ‘perfect day’ is planned to run during the summer with the first taking place in May in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

This scheme was suggested in Sir John Timpson’s report on high streets for the retail industry to promote a community-led approach towards supporting high streets, including one day in the year when each looks its best.

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