Residential and commercial properties in the area in need of external restoration or repair could benefit from heritage grant funding by North Kesteven District Council (NKDC).
The council’s Protect/Invest in our Built and Natural Heritage Working Group have secured funding to the value of £25,000 after recent Conservation Area Appraisals identified an increase in the use of non-traditional construction materials and small scale, incremental changes which are harming local character.
Andrew McDonough, economy and place director said: “Over time we have seen a reduction in how many of our district’s heritage assets are being restored resulting in some of our valued historic buildings falling into a spiral of decline through a lack of available funding to maintain them appropriately, and where the particular specialist building craft skills are being lost. This poses a significant threat to the character of our historic built environment.
We want to help change this, and support property owners in bringing forward restorative works, which will have a significant and lasting impact within our communities.”
Grant assistance between £1,000 and £2,500 is available for external repairs using traditional materials, and for the reinstatement of traditional features. Works eligible for grant assistance include:
·Repair or restoration of original windows & doors
·Reinstatement of traditional windows & doors
·Brickwork repairs and repointing
·Reinstatement of traditional roof coverings and rainwater goods
·Chimney repairs or rebuilding works
·Timber frame repairs
·Reinstatement of missing architectural features (subject to evidence)
·Repair/reinstatement of traditional boundary walls, railings and steps
For more information, or to apply for the funding contact Gareth Hughes (Conservation Officer) 01529 414155 or email Gareth_Hughes@n-kesteven.gov.uk
Alternatively visit www.n-kesteven.gov.uk