Shop front spruce-up thanks to council grant

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The first shop front improvements to start in Towcester following grants from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), has taken place in White Horse Yard.

In 2016 SNC opened the Towcester Town Centre Improvement Fund formed by developer contributions from the Belle Baulk and Aldi developments.

At the beginning of this year 20 bids were approved totalling £78,000 including a £4,000 bid from the Howkins and Harrison estate agents which manages White Horse Yard for several retail tenants.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, SNC’s portfolio holder for finance and procurement, said: “White Horse Yard is a thriving little corner of the town centre; it has a museum, a restaurant, hairdressers and mobile phone shop, some of life’s essentials.

“So I am pleased the council was able to channel funds from developers towards the improvement of these town centre businesses.”

The grant has funded a deep clean of White Horse Yard and the repainting of windows, doors and bollards.

Martin Broadbent, managing partner at Howkins and Harrison in Towcester, said: “It is the small things that sometime make the difference, and if the district council can show it cares about the small details as well as the big, the rest of the community follows suit.”

SNC Community Grants are available to organisations located in or associated with the district.

A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for help, including capital projects (buildings and infrastructure), as well as smaller projects such as supporting the purchase of much needed equipment, the delivery of local schemes or events.

For more information email the SNC Community Grants Officer, visit our Community Grants webpage - or call 01327 322216.