14 notable buildings in district to get upgraded

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A FUNDING scheme to resurrect architectural gems throughout South Holland has been hailed a success.

Fourteen shops and pubs in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Crowland and Spalding are in line for a cash injection to help restore them to their former glory.

Demand has been so high that South Holland District Council, which manages the Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas (PSICA) on behalf of English Heritage, has had to turn down new applications.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for conservation, said: “We are pleased with the work that has been completed and the positive impact this has had on our town centres.

“We are now taking forward the large number of enquires we have received and carrying out the work involved with these.”

The scheme involves carrying out traditional repairs and work to reinstate the authentic look of commercial properties including shop fronts, roofs, leadwork, guttering, windows, doors and other architectural features.

Buildings that have benefited include a 19th century, Grade II listed shop in Market Street, Long Sutton, which had its historic curved shop design reinstated complete with doors, window and gutter repairs.

The Jacobean-style Grade II listed building, Crown Affair, in Hall Place, Spalding, has also been transformed with full repairs and restoration to the historic exterior.

Since 2007, more than £600,000 has been spent on improving commercial properties under the scheme, which is run by South Holland in partnership with English Heritage.

Of that figure, 25 buildings have been worked on with the average grant working out at more than £24,000.