Thursday, March 18, 2010

News: High Street transformation continues in Rotherham town centre


Improvements to the High Street in Rotherham town centre continue, with work about to start on three further buildings.

Hamby's, the Little Coffee Shop and Zax hairdressers will all receive facelifts, including new shop fronts and other restoration works in the coming few months. The work will take place as part of the £3.5m Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme which is supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Rotherham Borough Council and Yorkshire Forward.

The former Supercigs unit has recently been refurbished back to its former attractive state, with two one-bedroom apartments added, thanks to a THI grant.

A planning application has also been submitted this month for three flats on the first and second floors above the RSCPCA, which will also see architectural features refurbished or replaced.

The work complements the private sector investment being made in this area by Primark for example in the complete refurbishment to its High Street shop.

Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Yorkshire and the Humber region said: "Historic buildings tell the story of a town, they make it special and unique, and the best way to save and sustain these wonderful sites is to get them back into use.

"Rotherham town centre is an important place and deserves to be brought back to life. The THI scheme is a great way of using heritage as a springboard for regeneration and investment."

The Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation, Cllr Gerald Smith, said: "The scheme gives eligible property owners a cash boost to dramatically restore their properties, so that they can be more easily re-let. It's great to see property owners acting on this opportunity and seeing the THI scheme really making progress to put more life back into our High Street."

The THI scheme is also investing £700,000 into a landscaping improvement scheme for Minster Yard.

The project, which started on March 1 2010, will see extensive landscaping improvements to create a pleasant open green space with high-quality seating, planting and York stone paving.

The scheme will also extend the entrance steps and modify the boundary wall on Church Street to open out an approachable piazza creating a welcoming entrance to Minster Yard.

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