Whitehaven market town to get £1.3m refurbishment

Whitehaven market place
Image caption The council will use old photos and documents to help the restoration process

Whitehaven's Old Town in Cumbria is to undergo a £1.3m refurbishment.

Structures including the dilapidated former YMCA and a Grade II listed building dating from the mid-18th Century will be restored.

The council, which is contributing £250,000 to the scheme, said it would use old photos and documents to help the restoration process.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £660,000 towards the plans along with £390,000 from Britain's Energy Coast.

The council said the project will "improve the physical appearance and viability of key buildings helping to bring an economic boost to the neighbourhood".

Councillor Mike McVeigh said: "Heritage and economy go hand in hand and improvements of this kind can only serve to boost the town."

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