Woolwich Town Centre has been awarded over £17 million in provisional funding to help boost its high street as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The money has been granted as part of £830 million available from the Future High Streets Fund, which is seeing millions invested in 72 areas across England.

Announced by Robert Jenrick on Boxing Day, Woolwich is to be awarded £17,150,964, whilst Putney will recieve £1,058,706, both provisonally with proposals.

Sutton has been awarded a full £11,346,704, and Old Kent Road in Southwark has been given its own action plan development plan involving £9,605,854.

The communities secretary said the money from the Future High Streets Fund would “help our much-loved town centres get through this and prosper into the future."

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He added: “The year ahead will be a big one for the high street as it seeks to recover, adapt and evolve as a result of the pandemic.

“Today’s £830 million investment from the Future High Streets Fund is one of many ways the government is working to help our much-loved town centres get through this and prosper into the future.

“This investment will help us build back better and make town centres a more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The funding will help these areas transform their high streets into vibrant hubs for future generations and to protect and create thousands of jobs.

The investment will aim to help areas recover from the pandemic while also driving long term growth, and the Government says it will enable the delivery of ambitious regeneration plans, drawn up by places, and fund new local projects such as improvements to transport infrastructure, new homes and the transformation of underused spaces.

The funding will also help to protect and create thousands of jobs in a range of industries, delivering opportunities and prosperity to communities across England. Confirmed plans include:

Woolwich Town Centre's plan is yet to be fully finalised.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: "We are supporting our high streets to get through this pandemic through business grants, paying people’s wages and tax deferrals.

"The Future High Streets Fund will help areas bounce back through regeneration projects that level up opportunities and create jobs right across the country."