High Street shop in Grantham given facelift thanks to grants

70 High Street, Grantham, after renovation.
70 High Street, Grantham, after renovation.
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An empty shop on Grantham’s High Street has been revamped following funding from English Heritage and South Kesteven District Council.

The building at 70 High Street is the first shop front to receive a facelift under the scheme. The work includes repairs to the original period wooden shop front and repainting.

The total cost of the works came to just short of £10,000 with grant funds covering 60 per cent of the project.

Funding was received following the council’s successful Shop Front Improvement Scheme. The first year’s spend of £100,000 has been fully allocated against six projects throughout Grantham’s conservation area, including three in the Market Place, two on Westgate and one on the High Street.

A further phase of funding has now been agreed, totalling £100,000, with four schemes going to the awards panel in September.

Cllr Frances Cartwright, SKDC’s portfolio holder for grow the economy said: “Following the successful Shop Front Improvement Scheme, we are extremely proud to receive grant funding through English Heritage to continue the shop front work.”

Stephen Vickers, managing director of Buckminster Estates, said: “We are delighted to be able to work together with English Heritage, South Kesteven District Council and our tenants to continually improve Grantham’s town centre and help drive the economic regeneration of this important market town.”

Clive Fletcher, of English Heritage, said: “We are working in partnership with South Kesteven District Council to restore historic shop premises in the town centre, to help reinforce its distinctive character.”

l For more details, call the economic development team on 01476 40 60 80 or email ecodev@southkesteven.gov.uk