Shop front cash up for grabs

John Munday, Coun Peter Box and Coun Denise Jeffery. p304b236
John Munday, Coun Peter Box and Coun Denise Jeffery. p304b236

BUSINESS owners in Castleford can now apply for thousands of pounds to help spruce up their shop fronts.

Wakefield Council chiefs are urging businesses in Carlton Street and Sagar Street to apply for up to £20,000 to help revamp their properties.

Application packs are now available to people who would like to apply for grant funding of up to 50 per cent of the cash needed to improve their frontages.

John Munday, manager of Boots and acting chairman and director of Castleford Town Centre Partnership, said: “This is the first tangible phase of a great scheme for Castleford.

“There aren’t many towns where you can get a 50 per cent grant towards improving your shop front. This is open to all retailers including the big multiples in Castleford.

“It will make a big difference to the look of the town and help attract visitors and shoppers alike.”

Senior councillors rubber stamped the shop front improvement grant worth £250,000 in September to kick-start regeneration in the town. The scheme was pinpointed as an early project within the Castleford Growth Deliver Plan (CGDP) which is a blueprint for the town’s future.

It identified a particular focus on helping around 30 properties in Carlton Street and Sagar Street over a three year period, with each property needing around £10,000 to meet costs.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I urge any businesses eligible to apply, to get in touch and see how this funding could help them.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk or call Rebecca Turgoose on 01924 306008 for an application pack.