Oswestry cash boost welcomed


Emily Davies

A £24,000 grant scheme could provide an economic boost to Oswestry, councillors have been told.

A handful of jobs could be created and could rejuvenate several town centre shops after Oswestry Town Council was able to claw back £23,804 from the Market Town Revitalisation Programme.

The funding, which had been open to the town, was taken back into a central pot by Shropshire Council earlier this year.

Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor John Gareth Jones said: “I am delighted to see this money coming back into Oswestry.”

The initial programme saw £75,000 delivered to help regenerate Oswestry and make it more attractive, customer friendly and welcoming to local businesses and visitors. This was possible through grants to bring empty shop premises back into use and to bring empty space such as upper levels of buildings back into use.

Cllr Jones continued: “The grant scheme was becoming of great interest and has supported a number of businesses.

“We look forward to helping new start-ups in the weeks ahead.”

The council had hoped to gain a top-up to take the funding pot up to £50,000 but was unsuccessful with its request.

The authority will now work in conjunction with Shropshire Council to utilise the funding, with elected members from Shropshire Council and Oswestry Town Council designating funds.

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