Multi million pound investment in Nottinghamshire town's historic centre

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More than a million pounds will be spent to bring some of Worksop’s most iconic historical buildings back to their former glory.

An ambitious plan developed to regenerate key historic buildings at the top of Bridge Street, as well as develop a programme of events and activities in the town, has been made possible with a £1.28m National Lottery grant.

The money, bid for by Bassetlaw District Council, will top a fund for the project from the authority and local businesses to £2.3m.

This will be used to bring empty buildings and sites to be brought back into use.

Councillor Jo White, cabinet member for economic development, said: "This is fantastic news and without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it simply would not be possible to take on a project of this magnitude.

"It is vital to the town’s economy and appeal that we take pride in our heritage and restore some of Worksop’s most iconic buildings to their former glory.

Funding has been secured

Funding has been secured

"We will be working with local businesses and landlords and have a bold ambition to rejuvenate some of the town’s most historic buildings and add to the town’s vibrancy and tourism offer.

“I’m delighted that we can now move forward with these plans and start work bringing important buildings at the heart of our town centre back to use."

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Jonathan Platt, head of HLF East Midlands, said: "Town centres and their historic buildings are the beating heart of communities, so where they fall into disrepair, it is the community which pays a heavy price.

"This scheme will provide a boost for Worksop’s economy, with vital employment and training opportunities, and provide enhanced public places for residents and visitors."