A £1 million scheme has been launched to regenerate towns across Copeland.
The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has pledged £500k to regenerate shopfronts, attracting a further £500k from the private sector.
The Copeland Pride of Place Town Centre Regeneration Scheme encourages local business owners to enhance the external appearance of town centre shops and buildings as well as improving the borough’s built environment and street scene.
Grants are available for up to 50% of the value of the work required, up to a maximum amount of £5,000 - to improve the external appearance of commercial property, principally the ground floor trading elevation.
This 50% contribution means that local businesses will be required to invest in their premises to match-fund the grant.
The scheme is open to owners, landlords and tenants of units that are located within Copeland’s towns and villages, with priority given to the four main town centres - Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Egremont and Millom.
£375k of the fund has been allocated to improving the principle town centres.
£75k has been allocated to villages in Copeland and £50k for street improvements.