Heritage grant scheme to ‘revive and rejuvenate’ Market Rasen is underway!

Date published: 09 November 2021
Cllrs Bunney and McNeill

A conservation specialist has now been appointed to deliver an innovative project to preserve the historic character of Market Rasen.

Liz Mayle passionately believes heritage led grant schemes can be ‘transformational’ and is delighted to accept the role as Market Rasen Historic Buildings Grant Officer.

With more than 21 years’ experience as a conservation accredited professional, Liz has successfully managed heritage-led regeneration schemes in the market towns of Spalding, Holbeach, Crowland and Long Sutton.

She said: “I am delighted to see that the historic market town of Market Rasen will have some much needed dedicated funding to improve and restore key historic buildings.

“Heritage-led grant schemes can be completely transformational for individual historic buildings, which in turn enhance the experience for those who live, work and visit our historic town. I very much look forward to working with businesses in the priority area to progress this important work.”

Liz will working closely with a local project steering Group, which is made up of local businesses, councils and conservationists to deliver the project.

The project will build on from the work of MR BIG – a Mary Portas backed initiative, which encouraged business owners and managers to take action to help regenerate this destination.

The grant will help fund work to improve and conserve historic buildings, using traditional materials and techniques. This includes work such as the repair of pantile or slate roofs, repairing timber windows and shopfronts, removing unsightly paintwork or repairing or renewing damaged render.

The project will also support the reinstatement of architectural features including ‘putting back’ lost features, such as traditional shopfronts, replacement windows or doors, and reversing alterations which have damaged the character or appearance of the building. It also can include new traditional hand painted signage, which is more in-keeping with the property.

West Lindsey District Councillor, John McNeill, who represents Market Rasen welcomed the appointment of Liz to the project.

He said: “I am delighted that work is progressing on the Market Rasen Historic Buildings Grant. This project will breathe new life into our old buildings and unlock the potential of Market Rasen’s heritage assets.”

Cllr Stephen Bunney, who also represents the Market Rasen area also welcomed Liz to the new role.

He added: “I would like to extend a warm welcome to Liz, our new Market Rasen Historic Buildings Grant Officer. I look forward to working with her, fellow members of the steering group and property owners in conserving our wonderful historic town so that it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”

Liz Mayle and the steering group is calling for historic photographs of shop fronts in the Town Centre, which will support the project.

If you have any images or any questions about the scheme please email them to marketrasenhbgo@west-lindsey.gov.uk


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