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Bid to boost retail area

Councillor David Howarth and cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy community councillor Phil Smith, right, at the shopping area on Liverpool Road, Penwortham - the area will get a �110,000 for regeneration.

Councillor David Howarth and cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy community councillor Phil Smith, right, at the shopping area on Liverpool Road, Penwortham - the area will get a �110,000 for regeneration.

Shopkeepers in Penwortham could be offered a one-off grant to improve the area at the front of their property.

Penwortham Neighbourhood Forum has secured £110,000 to carry out regeneration work along Liverpool Road, and the idea is part of that scheme.

Coun David Howarth, who sits on the forum, said: “Myself, Coun Phil Smith and Coun Stephen Robinson walked the length of the shopping area and thought about how to improve things.

“We want to improve the illumination of shops, install better street furniture, and have more flower baskets like what you see when you travel through Burscough.”

“We’ve also been looking at the problem of forecourts in the area. There’s a lot of places where cars go over the footpath to park outside a shop, churn the place up, and some are an eyesore. There’s a possibility of a one-off offer to the businesses to sort them out.

“We’re doing all this to attract people into the shopping area. We want it to be attractive and welcoming and for people to spend their money in the local economy. A lot of money has been spent on the centre of Leyland, so investment elsewhere is overdue.”

A spokesman for Home Based Carpets in Liverpool Road said: “We definitely welcome the investment. We’ve resurfaced the front of our shop already though - it does get affected by wagons.”

They added: “I’d also like to see the council put some signs up, letting people know that there is parking at the back of the shops. Many people leave their cars on the front and get the bus into town, meaning our customers struggle.”

Coun Phil Smith said: “I’m confident that we will continue to attract businesses, large and small, to the borough and we will offer as much support to them as possible.”

 

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