Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grant to Help Town Develop

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grant to Help Town Develop

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Byline: Tony Henderson

ANOTHER crucial piece in the heritage-led regeneration of a historic town fell into place yesterday.

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced a grant of pounds 600,000 for the At the Crossroads project in Berwick, Northumberland. The investment is part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative which funds the regeneration of historic areas with social and economic needs. Buildings on West Street, EaRstern Lane and Bridge End will benefit from the grant, which is a boost for Berwick's Future Regeneration Strategy. The At the Crossroads venture complements the nearby pounds 4.7m scheme to restore the 19th-Century listed Dewar's Lane Granary, which is due for completion early next year.

The building had been empty for years, had been damaged by fire, and was threatened with demolition.

Now the Youth Hostels Association will give it a new life and it will also incorporate a gallery and cafe.

More heritage upgrades are in the pipeline from two English Heritage Conservation Area Partnership Schemes which have also recently started in Bridge Street and Castlegate.

The crossroads and partnerships schemes will result in an investment total of pounds 1.9m which is likely to rise to pounds 2. …

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