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Have your say on Southgate Street transformation


Gloucester City Council would like to know what you think of Southgate Street since the National Lottery funded Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has stepped in to help improve the area.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) in the Southgate Street area of the city is now in its final year, and the council want to hear your views on the scheme, which has been made possible by National Lottery players. Have you noticed the improvements to buildings, and would you like to see something similar happen elsewhere in Gloucester?

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You can also visit one of the ongoing projects to see what the THI has been doing. Drop into 61-63 Southgate Street (near Kyneburgh Tower monument, Kimbrose Square), on Thursday 16 August from 1- 7pm to find out more about what it has achieved, and to give your feedback.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said, "We would like to hear people’s feedback on any of the building or shopfront improvements in Southgate Street. Thanks to National Lottery players, the THI has worked hard to repair and restore important properties which contribute to our city’s rich history, so let us know if you would like to see a similar scheme in another part of the city."

Fifteen projects have been awarded grants so far under the £1.2 million scheme, and more applications are expected before the scheme ends in March 2019. The THI is geared to regenerating the area and improving older properties in one of the key gateways to the city. Seventy five per cent of the funding comes from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with the remaining twenty five percent from Gloucester City Council.

What has the scheme achieved so far?

Over 20 buildings in the city have been earmarked for grants, with un-occupied buildings and those in poor enough condition to be on the ‘at risk’ register targeted first for the available funding. The scheme also funds improvements to the street scene.

The boundary walls at St Mary de Crypt Churchyard have been repaired and railings re-instated. Young people attending a Princes Trust programme with Young Gloucestershire have been trained in traditional stonework repair, whilst working on a live project.

An education pack for schools has been developed, concentrating on the buildings in Southgate Street to help Gloucester’s young people learn about the history around them. The aim is to spread the word about Southgate Street’s heritage so people can appreciate the need to look after the city’s buildings.

The THI has also run a series of workshops on various aspects of caring for older buildings. The next one will be held on Friday 14 September about ‘Older Properties and the Planning System’ with a chance to meet the city’s conservation officers.

For further information about the scheme or upcoming events email heritage@gloucester.gov.uk or call the project officer on 01452 396344.

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