COUNCIL bosses in Nelson say they will set aside £15,000 to revamp town centre shopfronts this year.

Eight premises in Market Square, Scotland Road and Manchester Road benefitted from spending totalling £23,295 during 2018/19.

Nelson Area Committee approved an extra £10,000 for the improvement scheme last June, due to demand.

Eight new jobs were created and a further 20 safeguarded, as a result.

Leftover grants of £5,457 from previous years will now be rolled over and combined with a new allocation of cash, of £9,543.

Council official Mike Williams says the latest money should assist at least five locations to make upgrades.