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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Shop front facelift grants agreed by town council

Llangollen town centre shops will soon be able to take advantage of a cash windfall to help them smarten up the front of their premises.

Denbighshire County Council has announced an allocation of £40,000 for shop front renovation grants.
The amount will be divided between the county’s eight main towns, giving £5,000 to each town council, including Llangollen.

The grant aims to provide 50% of the funding towards a facelift scheme up to a maximum of £1,000.
Applications are to be submitted to the town council which will either approve or reject them.

Where there is over-subscription of the scheme, the town council will use a scoring process giving priority for a grant to those shops it feels are best placed to receive funding.
Deadline for applications, which was originally set at December 20, has been moved to March 20.

Once approved by the town council, grant payments will be made by the county council.
In a report outlining the scheme considered by members of the town council at their meeting on Tuesday, town clerk Gareth Thomas said that such schemes had been successful in the past and had improved a number of properties in town centres.

He added: “The scheme is worthy of support.”
He also said in the report he was confident that the extra workload it would mean could be handled by the council. 

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