Knottingley shops given new lease of life after series of council grants

Businesses in Knottingley have thanked Wakefield council for its support after a series of grants.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:16 am

The Hill Top Retail Enhancement Fund was launched in January 2019, following the success of similar projects in Wakefield and Pontefract.

It allows local businesses to access funding to improve their shop fronts, increasing the visual impact of Hill Top and encouraging shoppers to visit the area.

Helen Skelding, who manages Hill Top Cafe and Deli, was among the business owners to benefit from the scheme.

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She said: “It’s good for the community, because they didn’t have anywhere to go

“This shop has been empty for nearly 15 years. It has been a lot of work because it was just like a blank shell. There was no shop front or anything, we had to knock down walls and get new shutters and things.”

A total of 10 businesses have taken part in the scheme so far, with £47,500 in shop front grants. A further £86,000 has also bee invested by the businesses.

Wakefield Council said the project was also to thank for the successful reopening of three previously empty units on The Arcade, including the former Barclays Bank, which had been closed for 10 years.

Coun Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and regeneration, said: “It is fantastic to see the difference these grants have made to the Hill Top area of Knottingley.

“We want to encourage residents to use local amenities and hopefully the new look and feel of the area, as well as some exciting new businesses opening up, will do just that.

Other interested businesses should contact [email protected] for further information. Businesses in Knottingley have thanked Wakefield council for its support after a series of grants.