The government’s £675 million Future High Streets fund could help to regenerate Salisbury’s city centre.

The fund is open for applications from towns and cities in England. It recognises the continuing importance of high streets as places where commerce and community meet.

The aim is to support high streets to meet the needs and expectations of communities. Wiltshire Council today (February 13) said it would submit an Expression of Interest to bid for investment from the fund, to support the improvement of Salisbury’s city centre for residents, businesses and visitors.

Residents can have their say on the challenges facing Salisbury high streets and ambitions for the future, in an on-line survey.

The Expression of Interest, to be submitted on or before March 22, will request funding to help Salisbury city centre to meet specific challenges, but not specific project proposals at this stage. Salisbury City Council, Salisbury BID, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire Creative, Visit Wiltshire and local business owners are being consulted by Wiltshire Council on a series of project proposals to boost Salisbury’s vitality, and a successful bid could help to deliver these, the council claimed.