TRADERS on Burton’s High Street have welcomed the latest stage in a scheme to improve the appearance of the area and make it more appealing to developers.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has submitted a planning application to make alterations to 24 shop fronts along the northern end of the road, under the Inner Burton Initiative.
The project is intended to boost the area and encourage developers to come forward and build on the former Bargates plot across the road.
Kerry Stevenson owner of Eric Reynolds Music Centre, told the Mail she thought it would be goof if new development arrived.
“Anything to make this end of town more attractive is a good thing. There are some really interesting shops up here.
“Thinking long-term about over the road, hopefully it will make it more attractive,” she added.
This scheme is the third phase of a scheme to regenerate parts of Burton seen to be in a state of disrepair.
The £681,678 project follows work to improve houses on Waterloo Street, Derby Street and Byrkley Street.
In a statement accompanying the proposals, the agent for the work said: “The aim is to rejuvenate and encourage investment in this area of the town which has suffered from decline in recent years. The timing for this project is ideal, with demolition of Bargates complete, and the creation of a pleasant green open space breathing life back into the area.”
Elizabeth Wood, owner of Let’s Party, let’s Dance, said she hoped it would have that effect, adding: “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for people down this end of town, which has been forgotten since Bargates closed.
“The council has already made it more attractive since Bargates was pulled down, and hopefully this will reinvigorate the area.”
Some aspects of the plans are still under negotiation, and comments can be made on the proposals until the end of January.