Shopkeepers’ grants anger

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Retailers have complained about being left out of a Sheffield Council scheme to improve a neighbourhood shopping centre.

Funding of up to £5,000 is being offered to each shopkeeper on Staniforth Road, Darnall - but shops are unhappy that only a small section of the street is eligible.

Due to limited funding, the council is only offering grants to shops between Kirby Close and the junction with the ring road.

Joanna Creswick, of Sweeney’s Barbers, which is about 100 yards outside the eligible area, said: “My shop has been here since 1975 and we are getting nothing from the council. There are plenty of shops up here, too, which could do with some help.”

She added that the area has become run down and messy, and has problems with groups gathering later in the day, intimidating passers-by and deterring trade.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s deputy leader and Darnall councillor, said: “We welcome the opportunity to make a positive difference to Darnall but funding is limited.

“I know this will lead to some shopkeepers being disappointed, but if we cover a wider area, the overall impact will be less. The aim behind this project is to attract more private investment both residential and commercial into the area which will be of benefit to everyone.

■ For enquiries about the grants, call Elaine Feeney at the council on 0114 203 9568.