Rugeley Town Centre Partnership Scheme
Cannock Chase Council is working with English Heritage to help businesses make important repairs to historic commercial buildings in Rugeley.
Funding of £100,000 was allocated last year and a further £100,000 of funding has been secured for the scheme for 2012/13. Business owners based in three conservation areas in the town – the Rugeley Town Centre, Talbot Street/Lichfield Street and Trent and Mersey Canal conservation area – have been urged to apply.
The scheme aims to help preserve and enhance Rugeley’s unique character and appearance and aims to assist owners and businesses in tacking a selection of historic buildings in most need by focusing on repairs to secure their long-term future.
Funding worth up to £100,000 will be available until March 2013 and it is hoped that further funding may also be available in 2013/14.
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 shopfront 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.
Publicity for the scheme has taken place though direct contact with owners/occupiers of buildings in most need, with Rugeley Traders Association and through a leaflet drop within the scheme area.
To find out if your project could be eligible for a grant please contact the Planning Conservation Officer at Cannock Chase Council by telephone 01543 464517 or by email email@example.com
If you are interested in applying to take part in the scheme please read the information below:-