Empty shops may be temporarily used by charities

Empty shops in Chelmsford could be temporarily used by charity groups, in an effort to bring shop displays back to life and improve the look of the town.

As reported by the Chelmsford Weekly News, Chelmsford Council’s town centre management team are looking for charities that may benefit from using an empty shop temporarily. They are also looking for landlords whose shops are empty and may be able to be used as part of the project.

Past success of the window display put up in Woolworths following its closure, led the council’s team to install a map of Chelmsford town centre and a poster listing some of the town’s best assets, in the window of the former James Finch shoe shop in Duke Street.

The long term aim of the scheme is to have the units in permanent use, but it is hoped temporary projects whilst the stores are empty would make practical use of the spaces whilst contributing to the areas quality of life and improving the look of the town.

A spokesperson from property consultants Kemsley which manages a number of the towns properties, said the firm was keen to support the campaign: “It is our aim to let the property out to a commercial tenant. However, if the property can be used to benefit residents and visitors while making the unit look more appealing and secure, then we are happy to support the project.”

The scheme provides a number of benefits to landlords which include improved security and maintenance of premises, lower running costs for their commercial property and improved prospects for re-use.

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