Improvements to a shopping parade in Belle Isle have been given the go-ahead thanks to funding from local Councillors.
Middleton Park Councillors Kim Groves, Judith Blake and Paul Truswell have provided £400 from their MICE fund to improve Belle Isle Shopping Parade.
In a joint project also funded by the Post Office, shop frontages will be improved in order to attract more customers to the parade which is popular with local residents. This will include painting and acquiring new signs.
Councillors Groves, Blake and Truswell have been long supporters of the Belle Isle Shopping Parade and wanted to ensure that the traders did not lose business following the opening of the new Middleton Aldi and Asda stores and the improvements to Middleton District Shopping Centre.
The Middleton and Belle Isle Town Team, an association of residents and local traders, have also been involved and have helped to come up with proposals to improve the appearance of the shops in the area.
Councillor Groves visited the shopping parade to see preparatory work along with Julian Harrison from the Post Office and traders from Belle Isle Shopping Parade. Staff from the Council’s Environmental Services and Parks and Countryside were also present to help tidy the area and provide new planters to BITMO, along with Belle Isle in Bloom.
Councillor Kim Groves said:
“Belle Isle Shopping Parade is a popular shopping location for the residents of Belle Isle and Middleton. Whilst it is brilliant that developments are happening elsewhere, it is important to ensure that local small businesses do not lose out and can continue to attract large numbers of customers through their doors. I am looking forward to seeing the work completed soon.”
MICE (Members Improvements in the Community and the Environment) is funding which Councillors can use to support local projects and miscellaneous works and improvements in their ward.