Work underway on first heritage grants for Falmouth
Work is underway on the first heritage grants to be developed through an Objective One scheme to improve Falmouth's town centre.
The Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme (HERS) is a package of heritage grants - worth almost £750,000 - that has been approved through the Objective One programme.
The package is designed to bring extra income into Falmouth by making the town more attractive to visitors and capitalising on the development of the new National Maritime Museum, which is due to open in 2002.
The project has been developed by Carrick District Council in a bid to encourage investment in Falmouth by improving the condition of historic buildings in the commercial heart of the town between the Moors and the docks.
Project manager Tim Kellett explained that applications on grants for eight individual buildings are already being developed and another 12 applications are at an early stage. There are 48 properties targeted under Falmouth's HERS project and details of the individual grants will be announced once all negotiations are complete.
Mr Kellett, who worked on a previous HERS project in Nottingham, said: "The project aims to show that good conservation can be a force to promote economic regeneration.
“The grants could be to restore the historic fabric of the building, replace shop fronts or restore heritage features in the architecture.”
He added: “The project will build on the benefits anticipated from the National Maritime Musuem and builds on the experience of other similar schemes conducted by English Heritage in places like Bath and Chester.”
Grants will be for a proportion of the total cost of each individual project and will have to be matched by money from the beneficiary. Over £91,000 for Falmouth’s HERS project will be provided by Carrick District Council, with another £150,000 each coming from English Heritage and the Single Regeneration Budget.
The remaining money - over £357,000 - will come as a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and was agreed through the Objective One programme.
Mr Kellett added that HERS will also aim to restore the opeways in Falmouth to improve access to the town for residents and visitors alike and that three or four opes will be prioritised for work during 2002.
Property owners who would like more information on the HERS project and the grants available can contact Mr Kellett on 01872 224570.
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