Sustainable high streets

Funding is being made available by Elmbridge Borough Council to support the sustainability of the borough’s high streets and town centres.

The criteria for the existing Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund has been updated to include projects from a group of retailers which improve the sustainability of the high street. Up to 90% funding of eligible costs is available, up to a maximum of £2,000.

This comes after a climate emergency was declared at full Council in July 2019. The council pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 and acknowledged its responsibility to lead the borough’s effort to tackle the emergency. In July the council hosted a Single Use Plastic Town Centre Forum to share best practice and raise awareness of how businesses can reduce their impact on the environment. The council hopes to hold further forums to discuss this important topic.

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund currently provides to independent retailers for a range of projects, the most common of which is shop front improvements. More than 280 grants have been approved to date, totalling over £800,000 for local projects to make our high streets more attractive shopping destinations. The council has committed additional funding to the scheme and extended its operation until 31 March 2021.

Councillor Christine Elmer, Portfolio Holder for Community and Corporate Development, said: “The council recognises the important role our high streets play in tackling the climate emergency. We will continue to work with local businesses to help them adapt to this challenge. Elmbridge businesses are already making a difference to the environment through initiatives such as the Refill campaign, which enables residents to fill up re-usable water containers at shops around the borough. I hope this new funding opportunity encourages collective action by retailers and enhances the sustainability of our high streets.”

There is further information on the scheme, including the application form and guidance notes on this website.

If businesses have any questions about the scheme or other business support then please contact us at or telephone 01372 474 216.

Date published: 8 October 2019

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