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Scheme to brighten up high streets in Mid Suffolk to be expanded

A scheme to help shops and businesses in Mid Suffolk upgrade their appearances is being expanded.

Following last summer’s Shop Front Grant scheme several retailers have completed improvement work, updated their signage and external appearance.

Following feedback to Mid Suffolk District Council the scheme is being extended to include grants for repairs and cosmetic improvements.

Stowmarket High Street
Stowmarket High Street

Grants are also available to improve access such as grab handles, wheelchair ramps, doorbells and automatic doors.

Businesses can also apply for grants to help with shop front improvements, painting and rainwater management repairs.

Businesses and retailers can apply for up to 100 per cent of costs up to £15,000.

Cllr Julie Flatman, cabinet member for communities, said: “It has been wonderful to see the difference to our high street from what may appear to be small changes.

"All these works are part of our Vision for Prosperity programme of growth and investment in our local area and benefit everyone."

Cllr Gerard Brewster, cabinet member for economy, said: "Town centres have had a tough time over the last 10 years. We have received over 40 inquiries from traders who throughout the spring will make significant investments in their premises to make the towns look more attractive to shoppers.

"There is also a lot of planned streetworks that will complement the shop front investments and give the town a cared-for look, which in turn makes people want to visit."

Businesses considering improvements can contact the Open For Business team to discuss assistance that may be available on 0300 1234 000 and press option 7.

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