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Scheme to restore historic shops in Peterborough

The Cowgate in Peterborough in 1911 (courtesy of Peterborough Archive Service)
Image caption The plan aims to restore shops to their former glory (Pic: Peterborough Archive Service)

A scheme to restore the Georgian and Victorian architecture of a shopping area of Peterborough has been unveiled.

The plans, expected to cost more than £300,000, aim to restore and preserve the historic shop fronts and facades in the Cowgate area of the city.

The Peterborough City Council and Opportunity Peterborough scheme will be helped with a £105,000 grant from English Heritage.

The council is investing £100,000 in the scheme over three years.

Local businesses will also be asked to support the plan.

Steve Bowyer, head of economic development at Opportunity Peterborough, said: "In creating more attractive and more active shop-fronts it will help to draw in further high-profile restaurants and retailers."

Councillor Matthew Lee, deputy leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "Cowgate is a fantastic historic street in the city, but does not contribute as strongly as it could to the city economy.

"It could be a key route from the railway station to the newly enhanced Cathedral Square, and should be a destination in its own right for its shops, bars and restaurants.

"I am delighted that this partnership with English Heritage will enable us to enhance a street that should be seen as one of the city's assets."

Work on the scheme will start in April 2011.

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