Cash on offer for shop makeovers

TRADERS could be able to give their shops a makeover with a council grant under a new scheme,

South Kesteven District Council is running a pilot scheme to help shopkeepers tidy up the frontages of their premises as part of a new pilot scheme to help regenerate town centres.

The council will be setting aside £80,000 per year for the next four years, if the budget is approved on March 3.

Leader of the council Linda Neal (Con) hopes that the scheme will help to encourage visitors to the town centres.

She said: “The shop front scheme is just one of a number of important initiatives we are introducing to encourage more people to visit our towns and help new and existing businesses to thrive. We are also consulting on reducing car parking charges in our short stay car parks.

“The shop front grant scheme and aims to benefit the local economy and local people by making a big difference to the appearance of our towns and I would encourage local businesses to seize this opportunity.”

The scheme will be rolled out throughout the district over the next four years.

Councillors will be looking at grant applications which range between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of the costs of the work.

Traders could seek help to restore or repair its shopfront and bring it in line with the style of other buildings in the area.

They could also get help to repair windows, doors and pointing and replace signs and canopies.

Coun Frances Cartwright (Con), portfolio holder for economic development, said the scheme was especially aimed at small independent retailers who need a helping hand during tough economic trading.

She said: “The scheme is as much about simple changes as big ones. For example, for some businesses, maybe just minor repairs and paint are all that is needed.

For more details or information contact David Mather on 01476 406079.