Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton gave the Communities Minister Jake Berry a tour of Longton town centre today.
The event follows the recent budget announcement of a £650 million fund to help improve the UK’s high streets.
Communities Minister Jake Berry said: “We’re here to talk about some of the opportunities for government funding to help bring the beating heart of this town back.
“There’s great progress being made already, but let’s look to the future, and how with government support we can build on what’s already happening.”
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) recently ranked Stoke-on-Trent the fourth unhealthiest high street in the UK.
The RSPH cites the number of empty shops, and unhealthy retailers as a growing issue.
Jack Brereton MP said: “We need empty shops to be turned in to alternative uses, new businesses and new people living in the town.
“I hope that by bringing Jake here, he can help address those things and help increase investment in to the town.
As part of the tour the pair visited multiple small businesses and together walked through Longton Market.
Mr Brereton added: “We already have some fantastic retailers here in the town but we need to ensure we have a more vibrant high street”.