First grant to restore town

The upstairs frontage of this building is to benefit from the first grant under the new shop front scheme. EMN-150925-171936001
The upstairs frontage of this building is to benefit from the first grant under the new shop front scheme. EMN-150925-171936001

The first grant has been approved under a new scheme to inject at least half a million pounds into improved shop fronts in Sleaford.

The upper floor of the Tudor-style building in the Market Place will be the first to be improved and restored under an initiative aimed at smartening up and protecting the Conservation Area.

The fund is made up of £150,000 from Historic England (formerly English Heritage), £150,000 from NKDC and £15,000 from Sleaford Town Council. This will provide grants to owners of shops and prominent buildings to carry out improvements to their frontages that re-instate lost or deteriorating features.

The three-year programme is focused on shop fronts in Market Place, Northgate and Southgate. Traders can talk to North Kesteven’s Conservation and planning officers about possibilities. The project was proposed by English Heritage in response to the whole of Sleaford Conservation Area being classed as ‘at risk’ because of the deterioration in its historic detail.

There is a £25,000 cap, 60 per cent support for repairs and 80 per cent for reinstatement. Work must be of a high standard and historically accurate.

In the case of the Market Place building this first phase will deal with the guttering, roof, facade and decoration of the upper floor, with a further programme intended for the ground floor. The initial grant is for £10,000 towards a £16,000 programme.