A TOWN centre improvement scheme, which provides half of the funding to upgrade commercial property frontages in Langholm, launches today.
The scheme will encourage the emergence of quality shopfront design in Langholm and the use of traditional and attractive design principles, components and materials to create appealing, characterful, contemporary streets.
Support is available to business premises within Langholm and priority will be given to businesses facing on to the High Street, although this does not in itself guarantee an award of funding.
The scheme is funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and will be administered by SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum) on behalf of a steering group with representatives of the community council, regeneration group and the council.
The scheme will help create attractive shops and streets, including, well-kept shopfronts which showcase traditional design in a contemporary setting and appealing streets with a unique character; places where people want to meet, linger, visit, shop and enjoy.
The scheme will support wider improvements to the retail environment, including supporting the town’s economy and supply of jobs by increasing trade potential, community enterprise activity and the town’s general retail offer. It will preserve and enhance Langholm’s special character, change perceptions of Langholm and bring vacant shops back into productive use for the benefit of the community.
It will also raise awareness of traditional shopfronts and their significance and attractiveness to shopkeepers and the wider public.
Awards will be made through the scheme on a first-come, first-served basis until the project funds of £60,000 are spent or before the end of the project in March 2022.
The application process will be kept as simple as possible within the conditions of the grant provided.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate they meet the basic criteria of the grant and make proposals based on good design principles.
Details of the scheme and how to apply will be available from today on www.surf.scot/Langholm.
Applications for the first round should be made by May 28.
If anyone has any queries about the scheme, please contact the grant
administrator Peter Renwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07701 352 473.