Work to transform town centre in borough gets under way
The former Cellar 5 and Bargain Booze building in Tyldesley is the first project being tackled in a three-year scheme to invest in buildings on the high street and community and cultural events.
Community interest group (CIC) For Tyldesley secured £1.5m from Historic England for the project, while the current work is also being supported by a £49,942 grant from the Tyldesley High Street Heritage Action Zone.
For Tyldesley said the poor condition of the Elliott Street building, which is located within the town’s conservation area, made it a top priority as emergency repairs have to be done to stabilise the structure before the historical shop front can be renovated.
Buildings project manager Kate Mitchell said: “We were faced with a rapidly deteriorating building so time was of the essence.
“We appreciate the support of the owner in getting this time-sensitive work done quickly, which will allow us to move on to restoring the shop front.”
Community engagement manager Ian Tomlinson said: “We hope this is the first of many high street refurbishments being delivered by For Tyldesley within the conservation area.
“We were definitely in at the deep end with this one. It’s always been one of our target buildings on the high street due to its poor condition.
“Clearly, the urgent need to stabilise the building became the priority and we’re delighted that the structural repairs are now under way.”
As well as transforming Tyldesley’s historic high street For Tyldesley wants to celebrate the town’s heritage and culture as well as running activities for local people.
Planning permission has just been granted to develop the Frank café at the other end of the conservation area and the team is meeting with the previous owner to collect stories about the building’s past that can be shared with the community.
The team is also keen to support local construction businesses and is keen to hear from anyone from the area who has expertise in building and particularly in working with old structures.
A town design guide is also being prepared and residents, traders and visitors are being asked for their thoughts and ideas through a
Plans are also in the pipeline for a range of public events on the high street as the country emerges from the latest lockdown.
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