Lottery brings Cornwall restoration hope

Northlights Building at Tuckingmill
Image caption The Northlights building at Tuckingmill could benefit from the restoration money

Heritage Lottery money could help secure the future of some of Cornwall's derelict buildings.

Twelve buildings including the former jute mill Northlights at Tuckingmill and the former Public Rooms at The Cross in Camborne have been earmarked for a share of £500,000.

The money could help developers with specialist restoration costs.

Cornwall Council successfully bid for the money which it hopes will now be matched by private investment.

Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for the environment, said: "This is fantastic news for some of the most important industrial heritage buildings in Cornwall.

"We have an incredibly rich history of architecture in the area and I'm absolutely delighted to be awarded this money which will be used to preserve our fine heritage."

The scheme promotes the use of local materials and building techniques.

Ian Marsh, west Cornwall general manager for the National Trust, said: "Cornwall has a richness of historic buildings and specialist skills and knowledge are required for their sympathetic repair and conservation.

"The support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will not only allow for vital conservation work to be undertaken but also provide opportunities for training in heritage building skills."

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