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New Year boost for Cheadle town centre

Cheadle town centre has been given a New Year boost after being named as one of the first 14 pilot towns set to benefit from expert support to regenerate the high street.

Starting in January, Cheadle will benefit from a range of products and services ahead of a national roll-out of this support from July 2020.

The town will receive bespoke support and guidance from the Government's new High Streets Task Force including face-to-face support, access to cutting edge research, new online training and local footfall data to give businesses that vital edge and help to transform the town centre.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "We are delighted that Cheadle has been selected as one of the pilot towns to benefit from the expertise available from the High Streets Task Force.

"This support will help with our ambitions to further improve Cheadle as a better place to live and work and we are excited by the potential that access to this expertise will provide.

"Together with the recently commissioned Cheadle Masterplan, this is a real demonstration of our commitment to regenerating the town centre and we can't wait to get started in the New Year!"

The programme will start with an 'unlocking your place potential' visit to diagnose what further technical or professional expertise could be offered by the Task Force to support the strategic transformation plans for the town.

The Future High Streets Fund was launched by the Government in 2018 in response to recommendations of an expert panel on the high street chaired by Sir John Timpson. It aims to help areas prepare long term strategies for their town centres to respond to and adapt to changes.