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Last call for bids for cash to spruce up local shopping areas

As the search for the nation’s best loved high street or parade gets under way, the county council has issued a reminder that time is running out to apply for a share of a £1m fund to spruce up local shopping areas in Surrey.

Traders and community groups have until Friday (15 July) to submit their bids to be in with a chance of securing cash in the first funding round of the scheme to improve areas around local convenience stores, greengrocers, newsagents and other shops used daily.

The deadline for the retail initiative, which has up to £250,000 available annually, loomed as communities across the country were challenged to showcase their shops in the Great British High Street competition.

Applications for money from the council’s Community Improvements Fund, which has another £500,000 pot of cash earmarked for this year to support people’s efforts to improve their local area, must also be received by Friday.

Surrey leader David Hodge said: “Local shopping parades and village stores have a special place at the heart of their communities – just as our high streets do.

“So, whether you’ve got a project to install benches, improve pavements or provide better lighting, get your bid in for schemes to improve local shopping areas – likewise if you’re looking to make a lasting improvement in your community.

“They don’t have to be big schemes to make a huge difference to people’s everyday lives and through both of these funds we can offer help, even though money’s tight because of rising demand for services like adult social care.”

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