WESTGATE Street has been “brightened up” thanks to a major facelift of a Greek restaurant and hotel.
Nicki’s Hotel and Taverna in Westgate Street has had all of its 15 timber windows completely replaced like-for-like after receiving a cash boost from a city council fund.
Before the funding arrived the windows were beginning to look worn down, but now the new windows are giving the 50 year-old business a new lease of life.
Funding for the project came from the council’s historic areas grant scheme covers the City Centre Conservation Area and main shopping centre.
It is aimed at helping traders with the reinstatement of traditional shop frontages or repainting and rejuvenating vacant premises to improve the street scene in Gloucester city centre.
A total of £220,000 is available from the council and projects could receive up to 80 per cent of the total cost of the work.
This is the fourth scheme to be helped and other owners in the area are being contacted and reminded that cash is still available.
Hotel owner, Nicki Neocleous, who has been operating his restaurant and 25-room hotel business in Westgate Street for 50 years, said: “The windows we have had replaced are all at the front of the building so it certainly makes a big difference and makes the street look a lot better.
“They have really brightened up the front of the property and improved the street, and has improved the area for tourists and local people.”
“The council team were really good to work with and it would certainly have been very hard for us to have had this work done without the grant.
“Westgate Street seems to be forgotten and pubs and shops have found it difficult and closed down. It seems that alot of our footfall has gone to the Docks, so its ideal that businesses can get funding to help them.”
Paul James, leader of the city council, said: “In this case all of the windows in this building were beyond repair and have been completely replaced. This sort of work makes such a visual impact on the local area.
“The improvement is very obvious and helps to completely rejuvenate the building which in turn ‘lifts’ the area around it.
“We are very keen for more owners to come forward and take advantage of this scheme while money is still available.”