If your establishment is located on Wakefield or Castleford high street and you operate a business, there is an opportunity for you to receive a grant aimed at funding enhancements to the security of your premises.

These grants are a key component of our recently launched initiative, known as the Shop Security Grant Scheme. The primary objective behind this program is to mitigate instances of burglaries, vandalism, and disruptive social behaviour in the area.

Under this scheme, we are prepared to fund up to 80% of the total expenses associated with security enhancements, subject to a maximum grant amount of £6,000. The scope of improvements encompasses a range of options such as the installation of security shutters, the establishment or enhancement of intruder alarm systems, the incorporation of CCTV systems, and more.

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: “This funding means we can help our high street shops be better protected against vandalism.

“It’s a proactive way to make Wakefield and Castleford high streets safer by deterring burglars.

“The grants will also support our regeneration plans, to improve our city and town centres.”

This new scheme follows our recent work to reactivate CCTV cameras across the district.

To be eligible for grant funding, upgrade proposals must be a minimum of £5,000. Due to financial regulations, we cannot pay for retrospective claims, and any security enhancements already made will not be considered.

Businesses that are currently affected and want to upgrade their security, are encouraged to get in touch with our business support team for advice and support.

This is a two-year scheme, funded until March 2025 or all the grants have been allocated.

The Shop Security Grant Scheme has received £229,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

More information about the grant and how to apply is available at www.wakefield.gov.uk/SSGS.