The future of plans to rejuvenate rundown parts of Lynn town centre will be decided in the coming weeks.
West Norfolk Council has put together a plan to tackle the empty and derelict shops and properties in the St Margaret’s Conservation area.
A bid for £1 million worth of Heritage Lottery funding has made it through to the first stage and second stage application is due to be lodged in February.
But the council must agree to provide £500,000 worth of funding over the next five years.
Members of the cabinet will be deciding at a meeting on Tuesday next week whether to allocate £100,000 each year for the project.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, council leader Nick Daubney said investment is needed to help business in the town grow.
He said: “The town centre enhancement scheme is really important given the national state of retail but Lynn has fared pretty well.
“We need to keep it as a top level place for people to want to be there and for visitors to come. It is a beautiful town centre but we have to keep on top of that and this is part of it.”
As previously reported, the council wants to improve the appearance of the southern end of the High Street, Saturday Market Place and St James Street and Tower Street.