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Southgate Street no longer at risk

Southgate Street has been removed from the Historic England heritage at risk register after work by Gloucester City Council.

A £1.2million heritage-led regeneration scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with match funding by the council, repaired historic buildings and brought vacant floor space back into use.

The scheme has also opened up more than double the original target of private investment.

Historic England's annual heritage at risk register reveals the historic sites most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

Historic England and the council are now working in Westgate Street which has been designated as the Cathedral Quarter High Street Heritage Action Zone.

Council leader Councillor Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment, said: "The removal of Southgate Street conservation area from the heritage at risk register is great news for Gloucester.

"The holistic approach included works to historic buildings, training for both contractors, young adults and the community has had a positive impact on both the perception of the area but also on property prices, footfall and business confidence.

"We look forward to continuing this success within the Cathedral Quarter Scheme rejuvenating historic buildings and working with the community and businesses to enhance and revitalise the area."

Historic England's regional director Rebecca Barrett said investing in historic places can help boost economic recovery.

She said: "The 53 places rescued from the register this year show us that real progress is being made - sites lovingly rescued and brought back into use as new homes, businesses and community spaces.

"But there is still a long way to go and many more historic buildings and places which need the right care and attention, funding, partnerships and community support to give them a brighter future."

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