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Lottery funding boost for Swadlincote's heritage plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

By Helen Kreft

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SWADLINCOTE could be given a £400,000 boost if a bid for funding is successful.

South Derbyshire District Council has been invited to bid for funding of more than £400,000 to enhance the town's heritage.

It comes as part of an ongoing 'Townscape' project with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Residents, schools and visitors will be encouraged to get involved and help create a lasting legacy.

The project would see grants made available for repairs to historic buildings, including windows, doors and shop fronts within the designated conservation area.

In addition, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Garden, in West Street, stands to be redesigned.

Bob Wheeler, leader of the district council, said: "We've always said that Swadlincote is a town that is proud of its past and ambitious for its future.

"This funding will build on the projects that have come to the fore, including the modernisation of The Delph and regeneration schemes such as The Pipeworks."

People now have the opportunity to influence the design of the Diana garden and the type of events and activities held as part of a wide-reaching consultation programme.

Further information and a copy of the questionnaire are available by visiting www.south-derbys.gov.uk/swadlincotetownscape

Questionnaires can be picked up from Swadlincote Library or Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre. Updates are to be provided through the Swadlincote Townscape Facebook page.

Council officers, partners and teachers will be at Swadlincote Market, in High Street, from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Friday, August 15, to talk through the plans and offer free craft activities.

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