Shops in a ‘poor’ condition around the Spital Hill area of Sheffield are to be given a new look, as a regeneration scheme is continued.
The project - which has already taken place in Darnall - will spruce up shop frontages to make them more attractive for customers.
The initiative is part of a strategy targeting support at under-performing district shopping centres across the city, and aims to build on recent work to improve streets in Spital Hill and Ellesmere Green.
Burngreave councillor Jackie Drayton said: “Spital Hill has all the ingredients to be a thriving and successful district shopping centre – a strong community, good range of shops and community facilities, and access to excellent transport links. But the appearance of the external frontage is poor in relation to the range and quality of goods sold inside.
“I hope the shop front improvements will enhance the work already completed along the street and on Ellesmere Green, and tempt more people from within the community and across the city to visit an exciting multicultural shopping experience.”
Darnall was the first shopping district to benefit from the Successful Centres programme with £300,000 of funding from the Local Growth Fund, and now has a bright new look.
Business owners in Spital Hill are now encouraged to take part in the scheme to make a difference.
Shops can benefit from up to £5,000 worth of improvements each.
“We believe this scheme will help to create an attractive centre that people are proud of and will encourage further investment by the existing businesses,” said Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for housing.
“However, it will need the majority of independent owners to participate so that sufficient impact can be made to the overall streetscene.”