Heritage Action Zone backed by Swindon’s council

September 10, 2018 by  

Swindon Borough Council is supporting a Heritage Action Zone.

The council believes that a railway village may benefit from the Heritage Action Zone policy. The district has been a conservation area for more than four decades. Stationery printers in Swindon can receive a boost from inward investment. If the proposal is endorsed by Heritage England then the village could receive investment in excess of £1.5 million.

The head of Swindon Borough Council, David Renard, told the Swindon Advertiser:

“If we are successful, we can expect to see significant improvements made to one of our most treasured heritage assets, which will ensure it thrives for years to come.”

Councillor Renard is pleased that the bid has been submitted. The Mechanics’ Institution Trust is also delighted that the formal process is in motion.

Daniel Rose is the director at the Mechanics’ Institution Trust and his organisation is responsible for several of the buildings within the village. He hopes that being involved in the production of the application will ensure that local knowledge has an impact.

One idea is that the scheme could attract more tourists to Swindon. Local residents might also benefit from an upgraded community centre. Historic England would have the chance to give expert advice to people in the village if Heritage Action Zone status was granted. The result of the bid is expected to be revealed in November.

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