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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Barrow and Dalton shops will be able to bid for share of £250k

A QUARTER of a million pounds is to be invested in a bid to make Barrow and Dalton town centres more attractive.

Barrow Borough Council will award up to £5,000 to independent retailers to revamp shop fronts in Barrow and Dalton. At least 50 businesses should benefit from the council’s third Town Centres Shop Front Grant Scheme.

The council has funded previous schemes in 2010 and 2012 with investment of £400,000. Executive director Phil Huck said they proved “extremely popular” and has recommended the executive committee to agree to the scheme on Wednesday.

The grants will not be available until it has been agreed by full council in October.

Phil Collier, Federation of Small Businesses Furness branch chairman, said: “This is a really positive step in the gradual plan to work with small retailers to improve our town centres and many of our members will have the potential to benefit from this scheme.

“It is vital all parties work together to ensure our town centres not only survive but thrive with the prospect of the huge economic investment coming in to the Furness area over the coming years and Barrow council should be applauded for making this fund available.”

Under the grant terms, the business will pay 25 per cent of the cost and the council 75 per cent. The scheme will be targeted at small retailers – not professional services or the evening economy. Grants can cover things such as new windows, exterior treatment, fascias, signage and lighting.

In his report, Mr Huck said: “I propose we target the retail core of Barrow and Dalton town centres, where investment will have the maximum impact on the shopping experience in order to not only help regenerate and strengthen the retail offer, but also to attract independent retailers to our main town centre shopping streets.”

Councillor Alan Pemberton, a member of the Conservative opposition, said: “We should try and help the town centre shops and business people as much as we can and anything we can do to brighten up the place and make it more attractive is a good thing. But I’m sure there’s lots of other things we could be doing. (The county council plan for) on-street car parking is something I don’t think should be done.”

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it will take more than new shop fronts to improve town centres you just need to some down Abbey Road and look at the boarded up old Bakery and former cafe above, Ramsdens Bar, the former House of Lords,The Engineers Club and this is the main thorough fare into Barrow Add the proposed parking meter scheme it would take a blooming miracle to revive this town I was talking to some Canadian visitors to the town earlier this week and they commented on the neglected streets and buildings also noted the amount dog faeces and litter on the streets

Posted by maureen mason on 5 September 2014 at 19:38

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