Cash warning for town traders

STOWMARKET traders were today urged to claim a £90,000 cashpot or risk losing it.A scheme that offers to help pay for improvements to shop frontages in the town has so far received a poor take-up.

STOWMARKET traders were today urged to claim a £90,000 cashpot or risk losing it.

A scheme that offers to help pay for improvements to shop frontages in the town has so far received a poor take-up.

To boost interest, the Stowmarket Economic Regeneration Scheme is now offering to pay for three-quarters of the cost of any development. Previously, a 40 per cent cash sum had been on offer.

The idea is to improve the look of the town centre and make it more attractive to tourists, in keeping with a market town.


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Patrick Taylor, project architect of the Stowmarket Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme (HERS), said: "Unfortunately the final year is now drawing to a close and unless I'm able to make grant offers before March 31 to allocate the funding, it is likely that up to £90,000 of external funding will be lost to the town.

"Such grants are seen as a way to help local trade in the town by enhancing the attractiveness to shoppers."

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The moves are part of a wider effort to freshen up Stowmarket's shopping district as it attempts to claw in new trade.

A report into the future of the town centre has already suggested this scheme could help with these aims. Improving the street furniture is another issue currently under consideration.

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