Nearly £1m from Heritage Lottery to restore Leeming Street to early 20th century magnificence

February 3, 2017 4:59 pm

Heritage Leeming Steet scene from 20th century

Mansfield has been earmarked for the heritage cash, marking 50 years of conservation areas.  A grant of £921,600 will be spent restoring buildings around Leeming Street in the town centre.

Heritage competition success

Natasha Ley, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, said selection for the £17m fund been “hugely competitive”.  In fact, only a third of applications had been successful – one of which was Mansfield.  She added: “These schemes aim to halt and reverse historic townscapes’ decline  by creating attractive, vibrant and interesting places.  Indeed in the future people will want to live, work, visit and invest in these places.

“This will be achieved by funding physical works to repair and enhance the historic area in order to encourage business confidence.  Additionally it will provide local people with the opportunity to learn new skills and by inspire the local community to take an interest in, and get involved with, their townscape heritage.”

Business boost

Local heritage consultant, Denis Hill, said the move would boost the local economy and interest in the area from businesses.  Working in conjunction with Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Businesses Improvement District (BID) and Nottinghamshire County Council, he said: “Owners have made lots of changes to these buildings, particularly with big windows, and frankly it needs a bit of a tidy.

“The grant will facilitate the restoration of these frontages and promote their heritage. Once people realise the importance of the area it becomes easier to market, visitors come and the local economy improves.”

Further information

Once final plans are approved, the money is expected to become available in Spring 2018.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has invested more than £288m of National Lottery money in more than 439 projects conserving and renewing historic town areas, from Denbigh in North Wales to Whitechapel in London.

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