Acomb Gets A Makeover
7:51am 10th January 2014
Acomb Front Street has seen another step forward in its 'makeover' with several benches being replaced to help rejuvenate the area. The seating is being put into place as part of a wider package of investment by City of York Council.
The council says it has invested £30,000 from the Economic Infrastructure Fund (EIF) to support businesses in Acomb and to help act as a catalyst for community-led economic development in the area.
The investment, they add, which was approved by City of York Council’s Cabinet on 1 October, has seen £24,000 investment on Front Street to install electricity points, repair and replace flower tubs, remove damaged and unneeded street furniture as well as new signage and seating. The remaining £6,000, add the council, has been granted to kick-start an events programme to encourage footfall and to help bring a flavour of the city centre to this important local shopping area.
Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Chair of Acomb Business Team said: “This funding looks to support local businesses in Acomb, something which the council is very keen to do. We are working closely with local traders through the Acomb Business Team to develop plans to encourage more footfall and foster growth in the area. It is important that the council plays a supporting role to assist business wherever possible to attract customers, encourage investment and assist businesses to improve upon the great service that is provided to residents.”
Cllr Dafydd Williams, Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and Customer Service, added: “Not only will the businesses in Acomb Front Street benefit from the programme of works, residents will also feel the benefit from the upgraded facilities as a nicer place to visit and shop.”
Created in April 2012 to support the council’s priority of creating jobs and growing the economy, the EIF has been used to unlock a number of major projects across the city, and progressed projects which otherwise would not have been possible, say City of York Council.
They add that the £28m fund has provided the council with a dedicated tool with which to contribute directly toward the city’s economic ambitions as set out in the York Economic Strategy 2011-15. The YES sets out ambitious targets for the city of becoming a top 5 UK and top 10 mid-sized European city economy by 2015.
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