Talkin’ about My Regeneration – Shop Front Grant Scheme
A new light repair grant scheme for Ilkeston traders has been being launched by the council assisting owners with the cost of repairs and renewing shop fronts to help improve the appearance of the town centre. The grant scheme is part of the Council’s regeneration programme to encourage local people and visitors to support our town centre by shopping at the historic market and in the diverse range of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
The scheme, funded by the council will help support the external repair and renovation of retail and commercial premises in Ilkeston town centre. Landlords and tenants can apply for a grant of up to £1,000, limited to 80% of the total cost of repairs – the council has set aside a total of £30,000 for the project which was launched on Wednesday 21 August 2013.
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning said:
“I am delighted that Erewash Borough Council has made funds available to help improve shop fronts and the look of Ilkeston as part of the regeneration programme. The council is working hard with local businesses to ensure that we do everything possible to keep our town centres vibrant and improve the shopping experience for residents and visitors to Ilkeston.”
The new light repair grant scheme is part of the Council’s regeneration programme including the clearing and repair of gutters, extended free parking across the borough, themed markets, free short stay parking, installation of hanging baskets, town centre events, replacing unsightly hoardings to improve the appearance of empty shops and the launch of ‘Love your town’, a campaign to remove cigarette litter from the town centre.