£140,000 boost for town centre shopfronts

Shopfronts in Helensburgh are in line for improvements worth £140,000.

Argyll and Bute Council is inviting businesses in the Helensburgh town centre boundary area to take part in the project, funded through a legal agreement with Drum Development, who developed the Waitrose site.

The scheme is a two-stage one, with the deadline for stage one applications being Friday February 28.

These initial applications will be assessed in March, with notifications to those who have been progressed to stage two in April.

The deadline for Stage 2 applications will be August 29, with these applications being evaluated in September and a final decision being made in October.

Successful applicants will need to have the work completed and the funds drawn down by March 2016.

Policy lead for special projects Ellen Morton encouraged businesses to apply.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to get a little bit of extra help towards shop frontage improvements, which can be very expensive’,” she said.

‘’The council is committed to transforming Helensburgh, as well as our other major towns, and the shopfront enhancement initiative is a key part of that. It’s amazing the difference some professional work can make to the appearance of shops.’’

Businesses can collect application forms and guidance notes by calling the Shopfront’s Enquiry line on 01546 604 320   from January 13 or by downloading the forms from the Helensburgh CHORD website.

Anyone who completed an expression of interest form will automatically receive an application pack early in the New Year.

Completed forms should be returned to the Helensburgh CHORD Project Office, 1 East Princes Street, Helensburgh G84 7QF by February 28.

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