scheme to improve shop fronts in Burnham-On-Sea launches
£25,000 scheme to help traders improve the appearance of
their shops in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has been launched this
'Business Frontage Improvement Grant Scheme' is being run by the
Town Council and funded from a pot of £440,000 funding from
Tesco to offset its store expansion plus cash from the council
and former South West Regional Development Agency.
new scheme is being targeted at independent retail, commercial
properties and owners of vacant retail units in Burnham town centre.
is designed to encourage repairs, renovations and enhancements
to business frontages to enhance the appearance of the town centre.
Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Shop fronts and business frontages are the most clearly
visible part of a buildings façade and they make
a big impact on the appearance of the town centre."
contribute to people's first impression of the town and their
condition can affect the town's image, either positively or negatively."
fronts and business frontages that are in poor condition and showing
signs of neglect are often used as indicators of economic decline."
quality fronts can make a town feel more welcoming to locals and
visitors, improve its image, contribute towards a stronger sense
of identity and, importantly, encourage a greater number of shopping
visits by locals and visitors alike."
new scheme, which has been supported by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber
of Trade, is now open for applications.
are two grants available. The first option will provide up to
50% of the costs of eligible repairs and improvements to shop
fronts, up to a maximum grant of £5,000. The minimum amount
of grant funding available is £2,500, so the minimum value
of works eligible for a grant will be £5,000. The maximum
grant available is £5,000, so the maximum value of works
eligible for grant will be £10,000.
two provides a maximum one-off grant of up to £1,000. There
is no minimum value of works.
are open now and close on 28th February 2015, or when all the
funds have been allocated. Guidance notes are available to help
traders understand the aims of the scheme and these, plus application
forms, are available from the Town Centre Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org