Work to restore a number of historic buildings in Prescot will begin in Spring,
as part of £1.85m lottery funding secured for the town.
The newly formed Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative board approved four outline applications for grant funding for properties on Eccleston Street, Market Place, Atherton Street and High Street, allocating a total of £300,000 towards the work. This will be used to repair, restore and reuse historic properties in the town centre. In addition, seven new homes and a new commercial unit will be created in the empty floors of the four buildings.
It comes just weeks after
the highway improvements to Leyland Street were completed thanks to a £310,000
investment. The work has brought the road back to its original glory with
traditional paving materials, road resurfacing, new trees, improved street
lighting and a new, attractive space to host events and performances in the
heart of the town centre.
As well as focusing on buildings, the Townscape Heritage Initiative includes a variety of educational work and community events. A training programme will give local people historic construction skills, as well as providing recognised qualifications to give them a foothold on a career in conservation construction and restoration.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills and Chairman of the Prescot THI Board, "This demonstrates our commitment to bring vacant and under-used buildings back into use as well as carrying out building repairs which will improve their longevity. As well as improving the overall appearance in the town centre, the THI project will enrich Prescot's rich heritage and revitalise the town centre. I look forward to building on the improvements made on Leyland Street and seeing further projects commencing early next year."
The Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative has been awarded £1.85 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It commenced in March this year and will run for five years.
For information on specific projects and regular THI updates, visit www.prescotthi.org.uk or follow the THI's twitter profile @prescotthi