NOW in its fourth year, the Belper and Milford Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has completed a large number of projects, including high profile restorations at the Black Swan and the Ritz Cinema.
The THI is a partnership scheme with funding from several organisations. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has committed up to £1 million to the scheme, as part of its UK-wide Townscape Heritage Initiative, which aims to conserve and regenerate historic urban areas. The Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership has contributed £513,200 to the scheme. Derbyshire County Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and Belper Town Council also contribute funds to the scheme.
The Initiative is co-ordinated by Amber Valley Borough Council, who have committed up to £291,000 to the scheme. It aims to regenerate key commercial sites within Belper's Market Place and King Street as well as the former mill workers' housing at Hopping Hill in Milford and the Clusters in Belper.
The Initiative offers grants to the owners of buildings to help them carry out building repairs, reinstate architectural detail and bring vacant floor space back into use. For more information about the Initiative contact Francesca Machin on 01773 841576.
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