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first_imgOriginally built in 1869, and then known as Fennells Arcade, after the fishmonger and poulterers at its heart, Newport’s Market Arcade was described as a “bustling hive of activity” for over 100 years Dilapidated buildings in Lurgan, Northern Ireland Market Street in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, beforeCredit:PA Over the past four decades the Welsh town’s Market Arcade has gone into steep decline, until it is now a neglected, tatty shadow of its former thriving self Newport High Street once drew hundreds of visitors to the town In Underbanks, Stockport just over £1.8million will be spent to transform its historic high street (pictured) Over the past four decades the Welsh town’s Market Arcade has gone into steep decline, until it is now a neglected, tatty shadow of its former thriving selfCredit:Heritage Lottery Fund As shoppers gravitated towards new shopping centres and out of town retail parks they turned their back on Market Arcade Natasha Ley, of the fund, added: “We want to get people back into these area rather than leave them to decay further. We want to restore these area into somewhere that people want to live, work, visit and invest in.“As these town centres have gone into decline they have become prey to vandalism and decay and restoring the buildings will attract new investment and customers and make them safer more attractive places to visit. ”The lottery funding comes half a century after the first conservation areas were established, including Stamford in Lincolnshire. Now, the timber on Market Arcade is rotting  Dilapidated buildings in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, will be improved by the £1.9m grantCredit:PA Now, the timber on Market Arcade is rotting  Market Street in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, before But while its 600 listed buildings house a large range of independent shops and businesses and provide a draw for tourists visiting the area, others towns in areas of social and economic deprivation – such as South Wales – have suffered steep decline.Originally built in 1869, and then known as Fennells Arcade, after the fishmonger and poulterers at its heart, Newport’s Market Arcade was described as a “bustling hive of activity” for over 100 years.At its height shoppers would queue to get into the arcade, with one trader boasting that during the 1950s he would sell 3000lbs of tomatoes in a single Friday afternoon.But as shoppers gravitated towards new shopping centres and out of town retail parks they turned their back on Market Arcade.center_img The Heritage Lottery Fund is to spend £17 million to help revitalise 10 conservation areas across the UK over the next five years.Those behind the scheme say it will also help reduce crime and vandalism, as more people return to their local town centre to visit new shops and entertainment facilities.The Lottery Fund says the money will “help to reverse years of decline by repairing buildings and creating attractive, vibrant places”. In Underbanks, Stockport just over £1.8million will be spent to transform its historic high street (pictured)Credit:Heritage Lottery Fund The Heritage Lottery Fund has invested more than £288m of National Lottery money since 1994 to more than 439 projects conserving historic townscapes.Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:  “We’ve been investing money raised through the National Lottery in the UK’s conservation areas for more than 20 years and we’ve seen first-hand the incredible difference it has made to local communities.“Our work with the RSA on the Heritage Index has shown that where local communities build local plans around heritage, it can have a powerful effect not only on local pride but also on local economic prosperity.” The same will happen in Maybole in Scotland, where just under £2m will be spent to halt the deterioration of important historic buildings in the town’s conservation area.  The cash will be used to restore up to 75 properties, shopfronts and public spaces, making the town attractive for local people and investment.In Underbanks, Stockport just over £1.8million will be spent to transform its historic high street. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Darley Street in Bradford, West Yorkshire It was once Newport’s pride and joy, its shops drawing hundreds of visitors to the town, happy to spend their money on the rich variety of goods on display.But over the past four decades the Welsh town’s Market Arcade has gone into steep decline, until it is now a neglected, tatty shadow of its former thriving self.All that is about to change however, thanks to a project to restore and revive Britain’s run-down Victorian town centres. As shoppers gravitated towards new shopping centres and out of town retail parks they turned their back on Market Arcade, which is now falling apart Originally built in 1869, and then known as Fennells Arcade, after the fishmonger and poulterers at its heart, Newport’s Market Arcade was described as a “bustling hive of activity” for over 100 years Darley Street in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The area will be given £2m to help it get back to its former self Credit:Heritage Lottery FundSource/PA Newport High Street once drew hundreds of visitors to the town Much of the Grade II listed building is now in urgent need of repair, with plaster and brickwork crumbling away and ironwork left to rust.A grant of £1.2m will be used to restore the arcade’s 15 units and original architectural features to attract a new generation of independent shops and traders.last_img read more

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