firms sign up for £25,000 scheme to improve shopfronts
traders have signed up to join a £25,000 scheme to improve
the appearance of shops in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, it has
emerged at a council meeting.
'Business Frontage Improvement Grant 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 told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There has been a good level of interest from traders - we
have sixteen signed up at the moment."
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. They
contribute to people's first impression of the town and their
condition can affect the town's image, either positively or negatively."
reported the scheme had launched
last month and is being run by the Town Council with funds
from a pot of £440,000 from Tesco to offset its store expansion
plus cash from the council and former South West Regional Development
scheme is currently open for applications. There 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.
will 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