Town in for slice of funds

PUBLISHED: 12:36 12 October 2007 | UPDATED: 20:10 01 June 2010

Long Sutton could get a slice of a £1million jackpot over the next three years to repair its historic buildings. South Holland District Council has included the town in a programme of repairs across the area which has attracted £300,000 of matched funding

Long Sutton could get a slice of a £1million jackpot over the next three years to repair its historic buildings.

South Holland District Council has included the town in a programme of repairs across the area which has attracted £300,000 of matched funding from English Heritage.

Coupled with private investment from individual owners, the council believes the regeneration scheme "could well bring forward in excess of £1million worth of investment into the district".

Steve Williams, head of planning, says the council's contribution is covered by £170,000 set aside from the Government's Planning Delivery Grant and a further £150,000 from section 106 funds.

Long Sutton has 42 listed buildings, mainly grade II, and most dating back to the 18th Century.

"The conservation area contains 52 homes considered to be of local heritage interest," he said.

Of 57 commercial historic buildings surveyed in the Long Sutton conservation area, only 16 are considered to be in good condition.

Another 16 are in a fair condition, while 21 are considered to be in a poor condition mainly due to roof coverings requiring repairs. Three are considered to be "in a very poor condition".

Mr Williams said: "The former prosperity of the town is represented by the Crown Hotel and the Bull Hotel. Unfortunately both are now in poor repair with the Bull standing semi-derelict and on the council's listed building at risk register."

However, the Bull is unlikely to receive help from the latest measures since a current re-development scheme is now being dealt with by planners.

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