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Grant agreed for Wisbech High Street building improvement works

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A grant made possible thanks to National Lottery players has been awarded through the Wisbech High Street Project to enable improvement works to an historic Wisbech high street building.

Neil Bullen, who owns No18 High Street, has been working with Fenland District Council’s Wisbech High Street Project officer over the last year to secure a grant, which will assist with roof repairs, new windows, a replacement door, redecoration of the façade and a new sign.

The Wisbech High Street Project, which is funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Townscape Heritage scheme, has been helping Mr Bullen to allow for these works.

Neil Bullen outside number 18 High Street. (43111785)
Neil Bullen outside number 18 High Street. (43111785)

The scheme encourages effective partnerships between local authorities, owners and small businesses so that repairs and restoration work can be carried out to improve the UK’s high streets and conservation areas.

Mr Bullen’s grant will enable him to undertake works that will improve the character and appearance of No.18 in line with the conservation area guidance.

The signage will be replaced with something more appropriate to the age and appearance of the building and materials proposed for the windows and replacement door will be in timber. Essential roof repairs and redecoration of the façade will ensure the building remains watertight and protected for years to come.

It is expected that the works will commence in the springtime when weather conditions have improved.

Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland’s portfolio holder for social mobility and heritage, said: “It has been suggested that the Wisbech High Street Project relates only to one or two buildings, but the funding is being allocated to multiple different projects which, like this, will dramatically improve the appearance of the town for years to come.”

Mr Bullen, whose family also runs and owns 'Evisons' clothing and camping shop next door has also had a grant request approved for repairs to that building too.

For regular updates and more information about the Wisbech High Street Project, visit the project website at: www.highstreetwisbech.org.uk and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

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