Scheme to restore historic shops in Peterborough
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.