Numbers come up for Heritage Lottery bid

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Some of Worksop’s most iconic historical buildings will be brought back to their former glory thanks to a £1.28M grant made possible by National Lottery players.

Bassetlaw District Council learned this week that they have been successful with a substantial bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and work on an ambitious plan to regenerate key historic buildings at the top of Bridge Street in Worksop, and a programme of events and activities, can now start.

The £1.28M HLF grant will be boosted to a total of approx. £2.3M with funds from the Council and local businesses, which will enable empty buildings and sites to be brought back into use.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is fantastic news and without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, it simply would not be possible to take on a project of this magnitude.

“It is vital to the town’s economy and appeal that we take pride in our heritage and restore some of Worksop’s most iconic buildings to their former glory. We will be working with local businesses and landlords and have a bold ambition to rejuvenate some of the town’s most historic buildings and add to the town’s vibrancy and tourism offer.”

“I’m delighted that we can now move forward with these plans and start work bringing important buildings at the heart of our town centre back to use. We’d like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and all the National Lottery Players out there.”

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Town centres and their historic buildings are the beating heart of communities, so where they fall into disrepair, it is the community which pays a heavy price. This scheme will provide a boost for Worksop’s economy, with vital employment and training opportunities, and provide enhanced public places for residents and visitors. Townscape Heritage funding has made a huge difference to communities across the UK and this is only possible thanks to National Lottery players.”

The Council was successful with its first round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in February 2016 for £68k which enabled an initial public consultation on the Townscape Heritage project to take place, in addition to other preparation works and surveys.

Thanks to the initial consultation and £2.3M funds, the Council will now be able to shape future plans for building works and tourism strategies that incorporate Worksop’s rich heritage.

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Published: Wednesday 18 October 2017