Sheffield’s Spital Hill area set for retail revamp

The Spital Hill area of Sheffield.
The Spital Hill area of Sheffield.
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Shop fronts in Spital Hill are set for a revamp as part of a plan to turn it around from being one of the city’s worst-performing shopping areas.

Retailers in the area, which is mostly made up of small independent shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways, are to get help to try to turn their fortunes around.

The Spital Hill Shop Front Scheme, launched by Sheffield Council, will spruce up the frontages of businesses to create an attractive centre that people can be proud of.

It is hoped the improvements will then attract further investment from the businesses themselves.

Coun Harry Harpham, council spokesman for neighbourhoods, said: “Spital Hill could be a thriving and successful district shopping centre.

“It has a strong community, a good range of shops and community facilities, and access to transport links – but it needs a helping hand to reach its full potential.

“We believe that this scheme will help to create an attractive centre that people are proud of and will encourage further investment by the existing businesses.

“However, it will need the majority of independent owners to participate so that a sufficient impact can be made to the street scene.”

The programme is part of the wider regeneration of the Spital Hill area and is similar to the pilot Shop Front Improvement Scheme which was launched in Darnall last July.

Coun Harpham said: “We need local people to work with us to help make the scheme a success.

“Spital Hill has a fantastic community and together we can help turn its fortune round.”