Saturday, 18 September 2021

Shops in line for improvement grants

TRADERS in Henley can now apply for cash grants to improve their shop fronts.

TRADERS in Henley can now apply for cash grants to improve their shop fronts.

The Henley Shop Front Improvement Scheme was launched on Monday, enabling businesses and landlords to refurbish or repair building facades.

Henley Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council have both set aside £5,000 to fund the year-long trial.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for applicants who match-fund the money. Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: ?I am very pleased that the town council is able to give its backing to this exciting initiative for businesses in Henley. ?We all know how lucky we are to live and work in such a special place. This grant scheme will enable shops in some of the most visible parts of the town to maintain Henley?s unique environment.?

Peter McConnell, the town centre manager who devised the scheme, said: ?It is difficult for the town council, with its limited revenue, to support our high street but if we can take this small step, as part of our civic pride in the town, we?ll go some way to ensuring Henley continues to have an attractive and vibrant retail environment.?

Ann Ducker, leader of the district council, said the scheme would protect Henley?s look and help to boost trade.

?Henley is very much a town that prides itself on traditional looking buildings which make the area a very distinctive place and a must-visit location for people the world over,? she said.

?By either maintaining or enhancing their shop front, a retailer will not only encourage more people to visit their shop but will also help to improve the aesthetics of the town centre, which will give visitors reason to spend even more time in Henley, further boosting the local economy.?

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