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Shops on Rotherham High Street to receive facelift

An area of Rotherham's High Street could receive a make-over thanks to a local shopkeeper.

Rotherham businessman Chris Hamby is seeking a loan of £750,000 from the council to redevelop six buildings in the town.

One of the town's oldest buildings, the former 15th century coaching inn, the Three Cranes, will be part of the plans to rejuvenate the town.

Mr Hamby said he felt sure the plans would be welcomed by local people.

'Bold and ambitious'

Rotherham Borough Council has agreed in principal to the loan which its leader Roger Stone described as "absolutely brilliant news" for the town.

Once the properties have been purchased, Mr Hamby said he would seek additional funding through heritage grants to help restore three of the buildings which are he Grade II listed and currently derelict.

Mr Hamby who will pay the council loan back over 25-years said the project was "exciting, bold and ambitious".

Only last week high street retail expert Mary Portas visited the town as part of a government-backed review aimed at highlighting the decline of England's high streets.

Although plans are not yet finalised, there are plans to use one of buildings as a micro brewery. Work is expected to start in October.

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