Traders in Burntwood are being asked to take part in a project to help revitalise retail spaces in the area. The appeal comes from Burntwood Town Council as leader Cllr Diane Evans seeks advice from businesses on how best to spend money available from the High Street Innovation Fund. “The £50,000 is available to support empty properties, promote businesses and communities and develop ideas to make the areas more vibrant and acceptable, so that local units are better utilised,” said Cllr Evans. “Areas such as Chasetown High Street, that is suffering from long term closure of the road, the continuous flooding problems in the 20 mph zone at Sankeys Corner and the dreadful car park at Ryecroft shops, are some ideas that may be developed. “Also there may be some enterprising ideas that traders have themselves to increase the footfall in their areas.” Cllr Evans is urging traders to come forward so that a group can be set up to formulate ideas and lead a Burntwood team to energise the town. Interested parties can contact Mary Danby on 01543 677166 or call into the office at Unit 1, Lambourne House at Sankeys Corner. Cllr Evans added: “This is an opportunity for traders to have their say in how they think the money is best spent, for the benefit of themselves and the residents of Burntwood. “For too long we have waited for the infrastructure to be developed and hopefully this is the commencement of what we hope will be long term investment in Burntwood”.