Town centre all set for summer facelift

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THE Brandon Shopping Centre in Motherwell is set to receive a major facelift.

Owners Chester Properties has announced a £450,000 refurbishment programme which will include removing some canopies on Brandon Parade South, cleaning, upgrading the remaining canopies and panels above the shops and making a floodlit feature of the dome in the centre of the mall.

Plans will also see bright new signage erected at the entrances and on the blank walls fronting onto West Hamilton Street and Brandon South car park.

Chester Properties director William Gear said: “Committing to a major investment in the middle of the current recession has been a really big decision for us.

“But we believe it is absolutely essential to make the centre much more attractive and welcoming to prospective new tenants, as well as the people of Motherwell who use it, day in and day out.

“The Brandon Centre did really well last year, outperforming most similar centres and attracting half a dozen new retailers and around 50 new jobs.

“But the number of High Street giants going to the wall is a grim reminder that any success we achieve is extremely fragile, and can only be sustained by working with our partners in local and national government, and continuing to invest in the centre.”

The work’s due to start by early summer, around the same time as Aldi in West Hamilton Street is due to open.

Councillor James Coyle, convener of planning at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This is a very welcome development, which should help Motherwell town centre continue to attract new businesses.

“It compliments the work the council has done to upgrade the surrounding streets, and is a good example of ourselves and a local proprietor working together to make a real difference.”