£13m Earmarked For New Townscape Heritage Initiatives

By 24 Hour Museum | 29 October 2007
photo of a badly flooded town centre street

Port Street in Evesham, which suffered so heavily in the recent floods, is set to benefit. Courtesy HLF

Almost £13m lottery funding has been earmarked for the regeneration of 13 towns and cities across the UK.

They include the seaside town of Morecambe, the Port Street area of Evesham which recently suffered severe flooding, and Glasgow’s Govan Cross, one of Scotland’s most deprived areas.

The money is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Townscape Heritage Initiatives, which fund the regeneration of conservation areas of towns or cities that have particularly suffered from social or economic problems.

“Regeneration is all about making places that people are once again proud to live and work in,” said Carole Souter, Director of HLF. “The Heritage Lottery Fund’s scheme is also an excellent way of bringing together local and national partnerships which can transform an area, often acting as a catalyst for further improvements.”

This latest round of decisions brings the total awarded through Townscape Heritage Initiatives to more than £170m, with over 175 towns and cities already benefitting.

The new Stage One Lottery Passes mean that money has been earmarked by the HLF for the individual projects, which have then to submit a fully developed application in order to secure the funding.

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Glasgow's Govan Cross will be transformed under the new scheme. Courtesy HLF

“It’s wonderful to see the Heritage Lottery Fund investing in the regeneration of so many of our towns and cities,” said Wayne Hemmingway, designer and housing advocate.

“I’m especially pleased to see that Morecambe where I was born is benefitting too. The British seaside is one of our greatest assets and in many cases we have shamefully allowed its historic splendour to fall into disrepair or get replaced by short term rubbish.”

The proposed THI schemes in full:

  • Ayr Town Centre, Strathclyde
  • Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute
  • Kelso, Scottish Borders
  • Govan Cross, Glasgow
  • Paisley Town Centre, Renfrewshire
  • Stromness Town Centre, Orkney
  • Aberdare, Glamorgan
  • Dolgellau, Gwynedd
  • Flint, Flintshire
  • Walled City, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Blyth Town Centre, Northumberland
  • Morecambe, Lancashire
  • Evesham, Worcestershire
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