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Cash up front for stores

SHOPKEEPERS in Mirfield are being invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to make improvements to their premises.

The new shop front improvement scheme is being launched by Kirklees and aims to get the fronts of commercial and retail businesses in the town centre improved.

The grants, available now, aim to help improve the image and attractiveness of central Mirfield and are for exterior shop frontages and prominent gables.

Eligible work includes repair to, or new, guttering and down-pipes, repair, restoration of new shop fronts, replacement shop signage, pointing, re-painting, repair to, or new, windows and doors and stonework repairs.

Grants are not available for new buildings, extensions, general maintenance or for residential properties and cannot pay for any works which have already been started or completed.

Coun Ken Sims, cabinet member responsible for regeneration said: "This work comes after much lobbying by local councillors, and is a start to revamp our smaller towns and centres."

The grants can be up to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible works, or 5,000, whichever is the lower.