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Rotherham's Boston Castle restoration gets go-ahead

Boston Castle, Rotherham
Image caption The scaled-down scheme will focus on making the building structurally sound

Restoration work on a Rotherham landmark is set to go ahead after being delayed by council spending cuts.

A £1.2m plan to repair the derelict Boston Castle will start later this year after the Heritage Lottery Fund approved a £590,000 grant.

The original £1.7m scheme was put on ice by Labour-controlled Rotherham council last August to allow it to be revised amid government funding cuts.

It has now been scaled down by dropping plans for a learning centre and cafe.

Project manager David Burton said: "Unfortunately, the cost of providing these facilities was not justifiable in the current economic climate.

"The refurbishment will be as originally planned, to make sure it is structurally sound."

Boston Castle was built as a shooting lodge by Thomas, 3rd Earl of Effingham, in 1775.

It sits on a 23-acre site, known as Boston Park, which overlooks the town of Rotherham.

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