New shop fronts put businesses streets ahead

March 15, 2013 12:32 pm

A business selling handmade jewellery is to open to the public in Mansfield town centre after it received a grant towards improvements to its premises.


Made by Hand at 89-91 West Gate is hoping to open in the coming weeks after the owner of the Grade II Listed building, Betty Ching, received a £13,901 grant towards reinstating lost architectural features including railings, gates, walls and repairs.

Betty Ching previously ran the business via craft fairs as she was unable to open to the public because the building had unsuitable access. It is hoped that through the reinstatement of lost architectural railings and gates and repairs to the boundary walls will now enable the business to open to the public.

The property is the final one to benefit from a grant through the Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas (PSiCA) which ran in the Market Place and West Gate Conservation Areas from 2007-2010. It was run in partnership between Mansfield District Council, English Heritage, Nottinghamshire County Council and the property owners, each contributing towards the cost of the scheme.

The grants were available for work to preserve and enhance the Conservation Areas through the repair and conservation of historic buildings and/or the reinstatement of lost architectural features.  In total six properties – Eyres, Minions, The Money Shop, Just 4 Mortgages, Made By Hand and 29 Leeming Street (a vacant property), plus the Grade II listed Old Market Cross, all benefited from the funding. 

The partnership scheme ended in 2010, when Nottinghamshire County Council agreed that its remaining funds could be used by the District Council in accordance with the remit.

Betty Ching said: “It is a privilege to operate my business from a Grade II listed building and being so close to the town centre provides great business opportunities. With the help of the grant, I can hopefully make my dream as an applied artist come true.”

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: “The PSiCA scheme has been a major boost to local businesses and the cultural and historic preservation of Mansfield. Our town centre has some fantastic buildings of historical significance and this project has helped restore key features of some of these buildings.”

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