Council plans to invest £500,000 in shopping districts across Dundee have been delayed by a year while officers finalise their proposals.
Local authority chiefs say the delay in the investment, which aims to attract trade and footfall to high streets outside the city centre, will give them time to properly consider their plans.
A total of £500,000 was approved by councillors in late 2017, to be spent in £100,000 chunks across five years.
However, the funding will not become available until next year, according to a report going before councillors next week.
It says: “The estimated completion date has been changed from March 31 2019 to March 31 2020. Officers are still in the process of reviewing options to enable detailed designs to begin, and subsequently works will be completed by March 31 2020.”
The district shopping funding will target areas such as Perth Road in the West End, Albert Street in Stobswell and High Street in Lochee. Specific details of how the money will be spent are yet to be disclosed.
However, locals have previously suggested using the cash to add public toilets to high streets, along with street furniture such as bins, benches and hanging baskets, as well as helping to attract new businesses.
Lynne Short, city development convener, said: “The £100,000 is being looked into at the moment.
“The officers are compiling information on areas that the five districts cover according to the local development plan, how many units and empty units there are, and how many have opened and since closed, etc.
“They will then work with the communities to put in place plans that will fit each specific area, and also work on ways that the business and local communities can bid for additional funding for projects.”