As a result of an Expression of Interest to a Historic England £95m fund Hexham is to establish a new High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) to deliver a £2.4m programme of physical improvements to the town centre, community engagement and cultural activities to regenerate the town centre. The project will be funded by Historic England in conjunction with the Hexham Hub a partnership of Northumberland County Council, Hexham Town Council and the Hexham Community Partnership.
Bob Hull, Mayor of Hexham said, “This major announcement is excellent news and will support the delivery of the Hexham Neighbourhood Plan which calls for heritage-led regeneration for the town. We have been keen to see an application to Historic England since the fund’s announcement and we look forward to playing a key part in finalising the scheme with our partners to boost the future prospects for the town centre.”
Cath Homer county councillor for Hexham East said “ It’s great news to receive this backing now to finalise our exciting plans for the HSHAZ for Hexham. The project will really benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike. This is a great opportunity to work collaboratively to enhance our wonderful town.”
Peter Rodger for the Community Partnership said, “The Community Partnership plays an important role in bringing the community together to make Hexham a good place for residents, businesses and visitors to live, work and play. Town centre regeneration is central to this and we will now work closely with the town and county councils to finalise the plans for the introduction of the new zone”