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£3million upgrade to Bassetlaw town centres

Worksop, Retford and Tuxford town centres are getting an equal share of £3 million pounds to smarten up its high streets and strengthen communities.

The funding will help upgrade shop facades, accessibility and start-up costs for new businesses as well as helping to reduce crime or improve community spaces.

The streetscape funding is part of £20 million allocated to Bassetlaw as part of the Government Levelling Up Partnership, which aims to improve where people live, create employment opportunities and boost community facilities.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Identity and Place said: “We would like to encourage independent businesses and charities to come forward with their applications that could help to improve our towns, encourage new investment, and create new opportunities.

“This work will help deliver the Council’s Vision 2040 for Bassetlaw as a whole to become an even better place to live, work and do business.”

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Independent businesses in each town can apply for a share of £500k to be spent on works including replacing shop windows, doors, guttering or signage or improving internal and external accessibility to premises.

The remaining £500k for each town will be spent on civic spaces, and signage, reducing crime and improving security.

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Cllr Emma Griffin, Ward Member for Tuxford and Trent said:

“I’m delighted that Tuxford is getting a share of this money from the Levelling Up funding.

“I look forward to seeing the money being spent on helping to improve our town centre for residents and visitors alike.”

Grants of up to £20k are on offer to both existing and new businesses, including sole traders, independent charities, and limited companies with 20% match funding required for business and 10% for charities.

To be eligible they must also be within the specified boundary of the town centre, show a viable business growth plan leading to the creation of new jobs, improve how the area looks and will increase footfall within the town centres.

Applications can be made between 22nd March and 1st November.

For more information visit: https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/business-advice/town-centre-shop-frontage-grant/

Pictured left to right: Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Identity and Place; Simon Richardson, Vice Chair of Tuxford Town Council; Cllr Emma Griffin, Ward Member for Tuxford and Trent, and Cllr Jo White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Skills

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