Shopfront scheme working a treat for Millport business
Posted on 7 Jun 2019
THE makeover of businesses in Millport is gathering pace with work on another four shopfronts set to be carried out.
The Shopfront Improvement Scheme – which has seen works carried out at Deep Sea Fish & Chicken Takeaway and Marina’s Hairdressing – is one element of the Millport Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).
This is a grant programme providing financial assistance for regeneration of historic properties and to improve streetscape by restoring traditional shopfronts and architectural details within designated area of Millport Conservation Area.
The project, representing an investment of £1.5M, is jointly funded by Historic Environment Scotland and North Ayrshire Council and will run until March 2021.
To date, two shopfront schemes have been completed - Deep Sea Fish & Chicken Takeaway and Marina’s Hairdressing – and a further 13 owners have expressed interest in the scheme with work at four set to begin towards the end of the summer.
Yildirim Guzelkabaagac, from Deep Sea Fish and Chicken Takeaway, said: “I would recommend this grant scheme to every shop owner in Millport. You get beautifully done frontage for a great price, so you can invest more into your business. Every little helps!”
Conservation repairs to two priority properties will also start around the same time, with another two to follow in the autumn.
The programme for Small Grants scheme is also being developed with four properties signed up already and three more interested in the scheme.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: "Everyone knows the charms of Millport and Cumbrae. The Council's investment in the Millport CARS scheme investment will help to reinvigorate this Millport's seafront and make a positive and long-lasting contribution to the regeneration of the area, helping to boost the local economy and encourage private investment.
“We welcome the increased level of participation from local residents and businesses and we are looking forward to working with applicants to help them preserve their properties for the future. We would encourage anyone that might be interested in making an application for funding support to get in touch.”
For an overview of the project and how you can apply for funding, visit www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/MillportCARS. More information can be found at the Millport CARS StoryMap at http://arcg.is/1zqmGv or project’s website at http://millportcars.org.uk/