The scheme targets three conservation areas in the town – the Rugeley Town Centre, Talbot Street/Lichfield Street and Trent and Mersey Canal conservation areas.
The scheme aims to help preserve and enhance Rugeley’s unique character and appearance. It aims to assist owners and businesses in tacking a selection of historic buildings in most need by focusing on repairs which will secure their long-term future.
Funding worth up to £100,000 will be available until March 2012 and it is hoped that further funding may be available in the following two years.
Grants of 50% may be available under the scheme towards repairs and 65% towards architectural reinstatement. Eligible works include repairs to roofs, roof features and external walls, replacement of lost or damaged architectural features, historic shop-front repairs or improvements and window repairs to upper floors.
The scheme cannot fund work which has already started, minor repairs and maintenance, substitute materials or conversions.
Conservation-accredited professionals should be used for projects, with traditional materials and methods appropriate to the history and condition of the building to ensure work is carried out to a high standard.
Cllr Diane Todd, Cannock Chase Council Town Centre Regeneration Portfolio Holder, said: “We’re delighted to be working with English Heritage to help fund the repair of historic buildings in Rugeley’s conservation areas. The funding is designed to help preserve and enhance Rugeley’s character and appearance. I urge businesses in the town conservation areas to apply for grants.”
To find out if your project could be eligible for a grant contact the Planning Policy Team at Cannock Chase Council on 01543 462621 or send at email firstname.lastname@example.org
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