Progress for plan to tidy up King’s Lynn eyesores

The former Court's showroom on St James street, King's Lynn ANL-140317-124157001
The former Court's showroom on St James street, King's Lynn ANL-140317-124157001
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A Lottery funded project to give dilapidated eyesores in Lynn a make-over is progressing well say councillors.

A total of 43 property owners in the St Margaret’s Conservation Area have expressed an interest in getting a share of the Townscape Heritage Fund since it was launched in September last year.

A £1,000,000 Heritage Lottery grant which has been match funded by West Norfolk Council has created a £2 million common fund to help improve buildings in Saturday Margaret Place, Tower Street and St James Street.

Eight property owners are putting together costing plans to support their bids and council officers are expecting four grant applications shortly.

The council, which is also giving advice to absentee landlords and has run training programmes with the College of West Anglia, will be celebrating the historical uses of the area during the Beers, Barbers and Butchers event which is being planned for September.

Alistair Beales, regeneration and industrial assets cabinet member, said: “We are very pleased with the level of interest we have had in this grant scheme.

“The initial assessment of grant applications is painstaking and time consuming to ensure money is spent properly but once physical works start people will see real improvements in this part of town.”