On Monday, August 8th a new metallic sign will be installed on the side of Longton Market Hall as part of a series of external improvements to the Grade 2 listed building. The project is being funded through the Heritage Lottery and English Heritage and is designed to help restore the town’s heritage buildings to bring a new lease of life to the historic market town.
In The Strand, work has already started to transform the outside of Gosling Butchers with a new roof, windows and repairs to bring the building back to its former glory. Repairs are also underway at the ‘Beck’ Building in Commerce Street to repair the windows and roof of the Douglas MacMillan shop.
So far, a total of 40 buildings of significant heritage appeal have been identified by English Heritage as eligible for the Longton Heritage Scheme grant to restore historic features.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Longton is an historic town and it is pleasing to see the work to restore the town’s heritage features coming together. This project is all about restoring the town to its former glory and bringing buildings back to life through re-instating heritage features. Work has started on restoring a number of buildings in the town centre already and it will make a real difference to the look and feel of the town as work starts to complete.”
Longton Heritage Scheme provides grants to building owners to restore the historic nature of their building.
A number of projects are already on site and include work to re-instate traditional shop fronts, replace windows, restore brick work and replace roofs.
Any owners of buildings of heritage interest on The Strand or Market Street who have not already been approached about the scheme and would like more details, or to see if they could qualify for help restoring heritage features, can call Joe Devlin on 01782 233929.
If Longton is your home town visit our Discussion Forum at www.northstaffordshire.co.uk/discuss and tell us how it will benefit from a facelift.