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New scheme to help revitalise town centres in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire County Council has launched a new scheme to support town centres by helping property owners to revitalise and revive their properties.

The Streetscape Paint Scheme is being launched in Charles Street, Milford Haven this month (February 2024) before it is widened to include other town centres in Pembrokeshire – details of which will be published accordingly.

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF), the scheme is part of the Council’s Street Enhancement Programme.

It enables property-owners in eligible areas to apply for grants to paint the outside of their properties. The grant will provide 80% of the total capital expenditure.

Cllr Paul Miller, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place, the Region and Climate Change, said the scheme is part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to regeneration in Pembrokeshire.

‘We want to support our town centres in every way we can and this is just another example of support we’re making available,” he said.

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“This scheme aims to help them thrive by improving the overall look of the surrounding area – in order to boost footfall, support businesses to create new jobs, and strengthen the mix of businesses.”

Local County Councillor, Cllr Terry Davies, is supportive of the initiative.

“The aim of the paint grant is to provide an immediate and instantly recognisable uplift to the overall attractiveness of Charles Street,” said Cllr Davies.

“It is a targeted intervention running for one year so I would encourage an early response by building owners and occupiers to secure funding support whilst it’s available.”

The fund will support owners of eligible properties and tenants/leaseholders who have the written consent of the property owner. Grants can be used for the purchase of materials (primer, masonry undercoat and exterior masonry paint) or towards the cost of using a contractor. The maximum grant award per property is £4,999. Schemes must be completed by November 2024.

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