Kirkby Town Centre Shops Given a New Lease of Life

February 3, 2016 8:38 am

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More than 20 businesses in Kirkby town centre have benefited from a Council-operated grant scheme to give their businesses a new lease of life.

The scheme, which aims to create a vibrant and viable retail centre, offered up to an 80% discretionary grant for traditional renovations to shop fronts and up to a 50% discretionary grant for minor works to shop fronts. Funding for the scheme was made available through developer contributions from the Lindley’s Lane housing development, and was managed by the Forward Planning Team at the Council.

Shop fronts play a key role in the town’s character, and their design can significantly improve a street’s appearance and invigorate the local economy. Traditional architectural details have helped to define the character of the town and enhance the shopping and pedestrian experience for both local residents and visitors.

One of the shops to benefit from a grant has been Kirkby Sales and Exchange on Station Street.  Owner Nina Bianco said: “We are really pleased with our smart new shop front and we are very grateful to the Council for their help and support. The improvements were completed in time for Christmas and business has increased considerably. Everyone who visits, has something positive to say about my new shop front.”

The Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council, Cllr. Don Davis commented, “The shop front improvements have made a real difference to the town. New businesses have arrived and I believe that business confidence is growing. If premises look this good, they attract more shoppers and visitors, which is good news for the local economy of Kirkby.”

Due to the success of the scheme, the grant is now closed to new applications.

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