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Brierley Hill improvement scheme nets £250,000 boost

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A scheme to improve Brierley Hill High Street has been given a near £250,000 boost.

Historic England had already granted Dudley Council £1.8 million to help deliver the Brierley Hill High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project.

Thanks to Government funding they have now agreed to fund a further £242,171 for improvements to the war memorial gardens to brighten up one of the key gateways into the town. It takes the total grant from Historic England to just over £2 million.

The cash is also being used to clean up and improve the war memorial which sits in the gardens, as well as to improve a number of shop and business frontages in the High Street.

Council bosses have started the procurement process for the garden works and hope to appoint a contractor next month, with a start being made as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

We are delighted and very grateful to receive this extra grant funding from Historic England.
The work is already well under way to clean up and improve the First World War soldier that sits atop the war memorial, and this extra funding will enable us to also make big improvements to the gardens around the memorial.
It was an area of the town that was identified as a high priority for improvement work by residents and business owners, and is a key gateway into the town.
I have given authority for officers to cut through red tape so we can get contractors on site and working as quickly as possible, and I look forward to seeing the finished results.

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About High Streets Heritage Action Zones

Historic England is working with local people and partners through grant funding and sharing our skills to help breathe new life into high streets that are rich in heritage and full of promise - unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. The High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme, backed by government funding, aims to help with the recovery of local high streets from regenerating historic buildings to helping to engage local communities through art and cultural projects.

About Historic England

We are Historic England the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories these places tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

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