A multi-million pound investment for projects to support high street businesses and the local economy was announced today.

Carlisle is set to receive £9.1 million government funding through the Future High Streets Fund.

Cllr John Mallinson, Leader of Carlisle City Council said: “The funding offer will help Carlisle bounce back from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This funding adds to the significant investment already committed through the Towns Deal Fund, the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.

“2021 is set to be a landmark year for investment in Carlisle.”

In total, 72 English high streets will share over £830 million, with 57 of these areas, including Carlisle, announced today.

The funding is part of the Government’s plan to create thousands of jobs in a range of industries across England.

Cllr Paul Nedved, Economy, Enterprise and Housing Portfolio Holder said: “We will use this funding opportunity to help transform the high street, encouraging greater evening activity and renewing Carlisle city centre as a place to live and work.

“We look forward to working to putting the funding into action.”

The Future High Streets Fund was launched in December 2018.