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29th Jun, 2022

Shakespeare's Birthplace street set for visitor-friendly facelift

STRATFORD’S most famous street could be in line for a visitor-friendly facelift.

Stratford District Council, in partnership with the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, has submitted a bid to the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) to make improvements in Henley Street around Shakespeare’s childhood home.

But lips are remaining tightly sealed on exactly what the project would involve until the bid has been confirmed.

CWLEP has £6million up for grabs for projects which encourage tourism and widen the cultural offering across Warwickshire and Coventry – particularly ahead of Coventry’s UK City of Culture year in 2021, and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.

A spokesperson for the bid said: “The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Stratford District Council are delighted to be working in partnership on a joint plan to upgrade the streetscape and amenities in Henley Street.

“We aim to create a safe, welcoming and social space that enhances the identity and special setting of Shakespeare’s birthplace and boosts the town’s cultural and tourism offer.

“These plans are subject to funding and it would be premature to comment further pending the outcome of our funding bid to the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.”

If the submission is successful, the project would begin in April.

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