Some of Worksop’s most iconic historical buildings will be brought back to their former glory thanks to a £1.28million grant made possible by National Lottery players.
Bassetlaw District Council learned in October that they had 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 £1.28million HLF grant will be boosted to a total of approx. £2.3million with funds from the Council and local businesses, which will enable empty buildings and sites to be brought back into use.
Councillor 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.”
The Council was successful with its first round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in February 2016 for £68,000 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 new funds, the Council will now be able to shape future plans for building works and tourism strategies that incorporate Worksop’s rich heritage.