Project launched to boost Hinckley town centre

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 26 August 2020

HINCKLEY town centre will be given a boost of more than £1.85 million in funding and heritage expertise to safeguard the town centre in a newly-announced four-year scheme.

Hinckley town centre (Vaughan Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

The ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone’ scheme was launched in a bid to help the town centre socially and economically recover from the coronavirus.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have partnered up with Historic England to launch the scheme. Historic England will fund 50 per cent of the project.

Approximately £360,000 worth of funding with a contribution will come from private and public sources, according to the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

The national heritage-led regeneration programme has been designed to secure lasting improvements to historic high streets, as well as their users.

Hinckley town centre’s conservation area action zone was chosen from a number of zones throughout the country, which will help transform historic places.

A project officer has already been recruited to help out with Hinckley’s Heritage Action Zone.

They will research the buildings that residents would like to see both developed and improved, as well as provide information to help with the detailed design improvements to historic town centre spaces and buildings.

They will also do their very own research into the historic building occupants to discuss any available grants and launch cultural events and activities for the community.

The Council have pledged to residents that as a part of the project they will:

  • Improve surrounding areas near the Church Walk Car Park, Castle Street in the town centre, and the historic jitties and yards
  • Give historic building owners in the town’s ‘retail core’ an opportunity to apply for ‘generous grants’ for repair works on shop fronts and reinstate historical features
  • Determine if vacant units can be improved or redeveloped
  • Arrange events and activities for Hinckley residents to engage in the town’s heritage and culture

Historic England will also work with the Council’s partners including Leicestershire County Council, the Hinckley & District Museum, Hinckley Bid, local educational and cultural establishments, and history groups in the finalised project plans.

Deputy Council Leader comments

Councillor David Bill, Deputy Council Leader and Executive Member for HSHAZ, said: “I am delighted to see the High Street Heritage Action Zone get off the ground.

“We are extremely privileged to have been selected for this scheme by Historic England and I am sure their expertise will help revitalise Hinckley town centre.

“It is extremely timely that we can start work on this project as every town centre across the country has suffered during the pandemic, but this project will enable us to help regenerate our town centre and surrounding areas.

“I look forward to working with our key partners over the coming months as we collaborate on a whole range of improvement ideas.”

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