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by Jim Worgan

In June 2009, Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council joined English Heritage in progressing PCISA for part of the Town Centre Conservation Area. The scheme was launched in April 2010 and its objective is to contribute towards the re-generation of the Town Centre through the re-invigoration of its historic environment. It will provide repairs to key historic buildings and re-instating traditional features and enhancing the Conservation Area within the commercial core.

The scheme will run for 3 years and a steering group, which meets at regular intervals, comprising Officials and Councillors from the Borough Council, English Heritage, the Civic Society and Chamber of Trade and Enterprise, was set up to oversee the scheme.

So far grants have been given to:-
a)    Lancaster Buildings for shop front improvements and re instatement,
b)    Lighting scheme in Market Lane, which will be the first of its kind anywhere in Great Britain
c)    “Mellards warehouse” in Market Lane.

Discussions are currently being held with the owners of Farmers Shoes, Comwalls Chemist and the agents of the Castle Hotel.

The Borough’s Conservation Officer and the steering group will continue to promote the scheme and encourage as much publicity as possible.