£80,000 facelift for Church Gate and Humberstone Gate East in Leicester city centre
Two city centre streets are to be spruced up to make them more attractive to shoppers and businesses.
Leicester City Council will spend £80,000 improving Church Gate and Humberstone Gate East.
Work could include redecorating shop fronts, improving signs and installing benches and bins.
Traders in Church Gate said the investment – approved this week by the city council – was welcomed, but many felt that the area needed more cash spent and cheaper parking to make a real difference.
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Alex Hill, 24, assistant manager at Game World, said: "It's a great idea to put some money into the area. Church Gate tends to be forgotten."
However, hairdresser Nicola Goddard, 47, of Cutting Edge, said: "We need nicer shop fronts but cheaper parking would make an even bigger difference by encouraging people to stay and shop longer in the area."
Peter Lay, 64, owner of Pete's Pets, said the money would make little difference.
"We need more than £40,000," he said. "But we could do with more attractive shop fronts."
The proposals drew a similar reaction in Humberstone Gate East, where some traders said they felt "cut off" from the main city centre.
"I think it's a good thing if they actually do it," said restaurateur Carlos Tarrares Ferreira, of Altro Mondo.
"The council seems to promise quite a lot for this area but doesn't deliver.
"At the minute, it's very run down. I'd like to see some measures that make it feel more part of the main city centre area, to improve passing custom."
Steven Jones, at Hands Cleaners, said: "I'd like to see the area looking better.
"Money should be spent on trees and green areas and building fronts should be painted to brighten the street up."
However Saman Mohammed, of Leicester Butchers, said: "I think the area is fine how it is and it doesn't really need improving."
The council said it would be working with shop owners and residents to decide what the money should be spent on.
Earlier this year the authority agreed to spend £600,000 on similar improvements in Narborough Road, Granby Street, The Golden Mile and Belgrave Gate. So far work has only begun in the Golden Mile.
Dharmesh Lakhani, chairman of Belgrave Business Association, said: "New signs and banners promoting the Golden Mile have gone up and improvements to shop fronts will begin soon.
"It's all been very positive. Our priority has been to make sure the limited money available is spent wisely."
Deputy city mayor Rory Palmer said: "This extra cash will help improve two more of the city's independent shopping areas.
"We recognise that these are difficult times for retailers and are working closely with traders to ensure we can provide the right support."