Leicester's Golden Mile shopfronts plan announced

Belgrave Road
Image caption Businesses have called for improvements

Businesses in Leicester's Golden Mile district are set to benefit from a £100,000 scheme to improve shopfronts.

Traders have previously called for improvements to the area's deteriorating buildings.

Under new proposals, businesses on Belgrave Road and Melton Road will be able to apply for Leicester City Council grants of up to £5,000 each.

They must use the money to improve the fronts of their premises, and match the grants with their own funding.

'Very welcome'

Dharmesh Lakhani, chairman of Belgrave Business Association, said: "It is very welcome from all the businesses.

"It is the first time any funding of this nature has been released in this area."

The £100,000 shopfront improvements are the first wave of a £600,000 scheme to improve city gateways and neighbourhood shopping areas in Leicester.

The city council won the £600,000 from central government, through the Working Neighbourhoods Fund.

The four other priority locations are Belgrave Gate, Granby Street, Narborough Road and Market Place.

Assistant mayor Ted Cassidy said: "This scheme will act as a pilot project, and lessons learnt from it could be extended to the other priority shopping areas and gateways at a later stage."

The proposals will be considered by the council's overview and select committee before a decision is made by the council's cabinet at its meeting on 9 January.

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