Shops being transformed through funding from council grant scheme

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Jul 2017

Grants to transform shop units and other commercial properties throughout the region are being provided by North Lincolnshire Council to help regenerate the area.

The council's Traditional Shop Front Grant Scheme provides funding of up to £7,500 to transform the front of buildings in local conservation areas.

It comes in addition to authority’s Viable and Vibrant Places Fund, which contributes towards making properties in Scunthorpe town centre more aesthetically pleasing.

Businesses in Winterton, Brigg, Crowle, Winteringham, Burton-Upon-Stather, Normanby, Alkborough, Kirton in Lindsey, Barrow-Upon-Humber and Barton-Upon-Humber can apply for up to 50 per cent, to a maximum of £7,500, of the cost of converting their shop front to a traditional appearance.

Applications to the Viable and Vibrant Places Fund have now closed, with more than £115,000 allocated to 14 properties.

They have until March 31 next year to complete the projects.

The fund contributes towards converting properties from commercial to residential, bringing empty properties back into use, or improving existing commercial properties.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: “Our Viable and Vibrant Places Fund has already transformed empty and dilapidated properties in Scunthorpe town centre and will continue to do so into 2018.

Work is already completed on Whitegates Estate Agents, Old Registry Vets, Mrs Potts' Tearoom, Dee Jays Clothing Ltd and Mi Living Estate Agents, and two new commercial units and three new residential properties on Scunthorpe High Street.

“Seven empty properties are also currently being converted into offices, shops and a hair salon.”

On the Traditional Shop Front Grant Scheme, Mr Waltham said: “It is exciting to see empty or rundown buildings transformed; creating employment, supporting the regeneration of our area, and helping it to look better and to be a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.”

For more information on the scheme, contact Eddie Rychlak, conservation officer, on 01724 297634 or email eddie.rychlak@.gov.uk


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