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Brierley Hill High Street Heritage Action Zone

In May 2019 the High Streets Heritage Action Zones was launched. It is a £95m government funded project, being delivered by Historic England which 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. 

In September 2019 it was confirmed that Dudley Council’s application for the Brierley Hill High Street Conservation was successful and that it was to be one of 60 High Streets across England to receive a £1.8m share of the funding

The project will run from 2020 to 2024 and will focus on the Brierley Hill High Street Conservation Area and proposes a series of building projects (repair, architectural reinstatement and the bringing of vacant property back onto use) and public realm improvements to the gateways into the Conservation Area (around the Brierley Hill Civic Hall and the Grade II listed Brierley Hill War Memorial). 

Running alongside the project there will be a cultural programme which will be coordinated/led by Brierley Hill Community Forum and there will be a programme of activities designed to engage with the local community. 

The Brierley Hill High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) will complement the wider regeneration programme proposed for Brierley Hill which includes the Metro and the Future High Street Fund and the HSHAZ will play a key role in the economic and social recovery of the town centre following COVID-19. 

If you have any enquires about the Brierley Hill High Street Heritage Action Zone email the HSHAZ Project Manager on BrierleyHill.HSHAZ@dudley.gov.uk and continue to look for further updates posted on this web page, and on the Regeneration Projects page.

How will the Funding be Used?

To repair and reinstate architectural details to historic buildings and bring vacant floor space back into use

A specific focus will be on historic buildings that have been vacant for a considerable period of time such as the Grade II listed former Brierley Hill Institute and Library and the former Danilo Cinema. 

To repair and enhance the Brierley Hill War Memorial

The War Memorial is Grade II listed and occupies a focal point overlooking the southern entrance to the town centre conservation area.  It is a very fine example of one of the many memorials set up following the First World War and provides an important focus for the identity of the community.  

To enhance the Public Realm

The public realm located in-front of the Brierley Hill Civic Hall forms the northern gateway into the town centre conservation area and improvements are proposed to the green space and to the junction at High Street, Level Street and Bank Street. Improvements are also proposed to the improve the setting of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, a locally listed landmark at the southern end of the Conservation area.

To provide a series of Community Engagement Events and Activities

Community engagement and activities are being progressed and developed in conjunction with Brierley Hill Community Forum, Friends of Marsh Park, Dudley Market, Black County Living Museum and also with Adult and Community Learning, Dudley Museum, Dudley Business First and the Historic Environment Team. 

To deliver a Cultural Programme for Brierley Hill

A Cultural Consortium has been established by Brierley Hill Community Forum with support from Dudley Council and Dudley CVS to deliver cultural activities between now and March 2024 thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, National Heritage Memorial Fund and Historic England. Work is now underway on pulling together a programme of cultural events and activities which will help to make the high street an engaging and vibrant place where the community can come together. For more information contact the Cultural Consortium Coordinator.

If you want to know about what is a High Street Heritage Action Zone and why is the focus on high streets or what can the money be spent on, Historic England have set up a Frequently Asked Questions page.

Public Realm Enhancements documents