Council to spend more than £300,000 improving privately-owned shop fronts

South Kesteven District Council.
South Kesteven District Council.
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South Kesteven District Council is to spend £320,000 over the next four years improving shop fronts in Grantham, Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping.

So far eight have been completed in Grantham at a cost of £32,641 with a further five set to be completed in the near future at a cost of a further £63,381.

The council says the expenditure is worthwhile as it will make Grantham a more attractive place

SKDC’s portfolio holder for grow the economy- economic development, Coun Frances Cartwright said: “The shop front scheme is just one of a number of important initiatives to encourage more people to visit Grantham and help new and existing businesses to thrive.

“We have put money into these projects because we want to do all we can to support local businesses and as a result make Grantham a more attractive place to live and visit.

“The Shop Front Grant Scheme has made a big difference to the appearance of the town and I am thrilled that local business owners have seized this opportunity.”

Under the “Shop Front Grant Scheme” landlords can apply for grants which will cover between half and 75 per cent of the total cost of the work.

Work may include:

• Restoration/repair of existing shop front

• Replacement of shop front which must be in keeping with the style of the building and character of the area

• Repair to windows and doors

• Pointing

• Stonework repairs

• Replacement of signs

• Repairs/replacement of canopies

• Repainting of externals

+ What do you think? A worthwhile use of taxpayers’ money? Or should landlords pay for the work themselves?