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Town’s history preserved

Works to restore Crown Estate Building gets underway as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Patricia Garbett, Chris Loy, Peter Taylor, Julian Ellis

Works to restore Crown Estate Building gets underway as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative. Patricia Garbett, Chris Loy, Peter Taylor, Julian Ellis

A Georgian building in Pontefract will be preserved as part of a council scheme to protect the town centre’s heritage.

The Ropergate building, home to Crown Estate Agents, will be restored as part of the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), at a cost of almost £29,000.

Structural repairs to the building, which previously formed the entrance to the now demolished Smythe Street, will be carried out along with repairs to brickwork and windows.

The £1.5m heritage initiative – funded by the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund – aims to preserve and enhance buildings and architecture in Pontefract town centre.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “This initiative is an opportunity to safeguard the town’s historic buildings, ensuring future generations can enjoy Pontefract’s rich heritage representing centuries of development.”

Grants can be spent on works which will have a positive impact on the conservation and regeneration of Pontefract.

Businesses can apply for grants for structural and external repairs, authentic restoration of architectural features and repairs and restoration.

Coun Jeffery said: “I encourage eligible business owners to get in touch and see how the grant can help attract more customers and improve their overall business.”

The scheme focuses on Pontefract’s Market Place and activities which raise awareness of the town’s history can also be supported.

More than 20 buildings have already been identified for preservation and repair works under the scheme.

A grant for work at Jenny’s Hair Salon, on Gillygate, was approved as part of the initiative and helped to pay for new windows, a new door, roof repairs and brickwork cleaning.

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.

 

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