Bosworth MP welcomes Hinckley’s high street funding

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 20 September 2020

DR. LUKE EVANS, Hinckley and Bosworth’s Member of Parliament (MP), has welcomed the news of Hinckley receiving almost £900,000 of Government funding to help their ‘Historic High Street’.

The funding will come from the ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone Fund’ (HSHAZ) project, which was launched by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council in partnership with Historic England.

Dr Luke Evans (Photo supplied by Parliament)

The funds will help boost Hinckley’s town centre from the blow it was hit by just a few months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic when the area went into lockdown with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Amount allocated

£881,795 is the amount of money which has been allocated to help Hinckley as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

As we reported back in August, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council partnered up with Historic England to launch the scheme, and 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 money received from the funds will also be used to help restore disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, work, and community spaces.

Hinckley’s town centre will be given a financial boost of more than £1.85 million in funding and heritage expertise. The money will safeguard the town centre in a four-year scheme.

MP’s statement

In a statement, Bosworth MP, Dr. Luke Evans said: “I’m delighted Historic England have announced they will be supporting Hinckley town centre.

“In Castle Street we have a great high street with many wonderful independent retailers, but 2020 has been a tough year and our high streets need help to bounce back as they begin to recover.

“The High Street Heritage Action Zone funding will be a real significant help in achieving that.”

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