Scheme sees shops get a spruce-up

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SHOP fronts have had a makeover in a bid to boost trade for Macclesfield busi­nesses.

Around 35 town cen­tre prop­er­ties on Ch­ester­gate and Mar­ket Place have been smartened up with a shop-front makeover by Cheshire East Coun­cil.

The scheme in­volved re­paint­ing win­dows, win­dow sills, gut­ter­ing and in some cases full ren­ders of the shop front.

Nic Lewis, a direc­tor of Es­tates & Leisure Hold­ings Limited, which owns sev­eral prop­er­ties on Ch­ester­gate, said: “Be­sides the vis­ual im­pact of the paint­ing in en­hanc­ing the street frontage, the scheme has helped in at­tract­ing oc­cu­piers to empty prop­er­ties.”

The work was sub­ject to land­lords or ten­ants car­ry­ing out re­pairs to en­able the dec­o­rat­ing work to go ahead.

Con­sul­tants were com­mis­sioned to cre­ate a de­sign guide and colour scheme to make sure the im­prove­ments fit­ted with the con­ser­va­tion area.

Paul Mills, owner of El­speth Mills on Ch­ester­gate, said: “It re­ally bright­ens up the street. Land­lords and ten­ants are happy that so much has been achieved.”

A coun­cil spokesman said the im­prove­ments are part of a £1m pro­gramme to re­vi­talise the town cen­tre.

●● Shop fronts on Mar­ket Place and Ch­ester­gate have had a makeover by the coun­cil

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