Heritage makeover for town centre salon

Jenny's Hair Salon has been given a grant as part of the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative, pictured are owner Jenny Crawshaw, councillor Pat Garbutt, Peter Taylor, Adam Rylatt and Bob Clayton.  (p615a340)
Jenny's Hair Salon has been given a grant as part of the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative, pictured are owner Jenny Crawshaw, councillor Pat Garbutt, Peter Taylor, Adam Rylatt and Bob Clayton. (p615a340)
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A town centre salon is getting a makeover as part of a scheme to help preserve Pontefract’s heritage.

The exterior of Jenny’s Hair Salon on Gillygate will be spruced up as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project.

Work has now started and includes replacing the front windows, door and door frame, roof repairs, chimney pot redecoration, cleaning the brickwork and new signs,in keeping with the original character of the building.

Jenny Crawshaw, salon owners, said: “I am very pleased to be able to take advantage of the THI grant.

“As a long-standing business of 42 years in Pontefract, I am keen to see the heritage of the town kept and I’m very happy to be part of the [scheme] which is supporting this.”

The THI secured £1.5m in funding from Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1.5m to preserve and enhance buildings in the town centre.

Coun Denise Jeffery, council cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “These grants are a good way to improve the look of a building whilst retaining the original character. I encourage eligible business owners to get in touch and see how the grant can help attract more customers and improve their overall business.”

All grants involve a contribution from the owner of between 15 and 23 per cent. Anyone interested in applying should contact John Lambe on jlambe@wakefield.gov.uk or 01924 306681.