Oswestry town council will be working with Shropshire Council and the business improvement district to bid for a grant of £500,000 from Historic England.
The Shropshire Star explained that much of the money would be spent on essential repairs to historic buildings in Oswestry town centre. Some of the funding would also be used for educational projects, turning some of the properties in the town into community hubs.
Among the recommendations is for these hubs to provide training in areas where there are skills shortages, such as stone masonry. Money would also be used to promote the town as a tourist destination, the newspaper added.
The money that Oswestry is bidding for will come out of a £95 million pot set aside by Historic England to support “transformational projects” in historic towns and high streets around the country.
Councillor Steve Charmley said that the aim is to use the funding to make Oswestry a more attractive and engaging place for people to spend time in. If they are successful in their bid, the council would use the money to make lasting improvements to historically significant buildings on the high street.
He also revealed that the match funding required for the bid has already been secured.
Council leader Peter Nutting commented: “A lot is going on in Oswestry at the moment. It is going to be a really interesting place in the future.”
Earlier this month the Shropshire Star reported that a village pub near Oswestry has been saved for the local community after a local builder and his wife stepped in to buy it when it was closed and slated to become a local housing development.
Les Jones and his wife Norma have spent two and a half years refurbishing the building, with The Cross Keys at Kinnerley now due to open its doors again in December.
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