Pontefract and Keighley to share £2.75m lottery cash

Pontefract market
Image caption Lottery cash means Pontefract's market place conservation area can undergo restoration work

Regeneration projects in two historic town centres in West Yorkshire are to get under way thanks to a £2.75m lottery funding boost.

Work to preserve historic buildings in Keighley will go ahead after a £2m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

An award of £750,000 will be used to repair and restore Pontefract's medieval market place.

The grants have been made under the Townscape Heritage Initiative with work due to start later this year.

The Keighley scheme will focus on the older part of the town, where a number of Victorian and Edwardian commercial and civic buildings will undergo preservation work.

The Reverend Paul Flowers, Bradford council's executive member for culture, tourism and sport, said: "This funding will help us give historic buildings in the town a new lease of life."

'Beautiful architecture'

Work on Pontefract's marketplace conservation area is aimed at helping regenerate the local economy and encourage tourism to the historic town.

Councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield council's cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said the Heritage Lottery Fund cash would help enhance Pontefract's character.

"There is really beautiful architecture in the town but some needs attention and we want to restore it to its former glory," she said.

Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber, said she believed the money was vital to the regeneration of both towns.

"These two very different, yet equally special, historic Yorkshire towns can now look forward to the far-reaching benefits of the investment this scheme will bring," she said.

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