WILTSHIRE Council is hoping to secure £25million in funding from the Future High Street Fund to help Salisbury's high street.

Pauline Church, cabinet member for economic development and south Wiltshire recovery, said the fund "could not have come at a better time", and that it is "an added bonus to the Maltings redevelopment."

The council is applying for money from a much larger £675million central government pot.

The fund allows for bids of grants between £5million to £10million, and up to £25million in exceptional circumstances, and the council believes events of last year would help it to qualify for the largest amount.

The council will submit a bid no later than March 22 and, if successful, will receive some funding to go towards preparing businesses cases for future bids.

Cllr Church added: "We see this as a really positive opportunity for Salisbury, and it could not have come at a better time.

"High streets all across the country are really struggling, so with Wiltshire eligible for three bids, we wanted to really focus on Salisbury.

"Bids need to be submitted by March 22, along with evidence of footfall and other regeneration needs the city may have.

"We are not identifying specific needs at this time, but all developments will be considered."

Wiltshire Council is working with Salisbury City Council, as well as Salisbury BID, the Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire Creative, Visit Wiltshire and local business owners to help shape the bid.

The council is also asking for the publics' comments on the challenges facing Salisbury city centre high street and their ambitions for the future.

There will be a full consultation over the summer if funding is secured.

To take part in the survey, go to https://bit.ly/2DBCgvM.