Scheme to restore historic shops in Peterborough

image captionThe plan aims to restore shops to their former glory (Pic: Peterborough Archive Service)

A scheme to restore the Georgian and Victorian architecture of a shopping area of Peterborough has been unveiled.

The plans, expected to cost more than £300,000, aim to restore and preserve the historic shop fronts and facades in the Cowgate area of the city.

The Peterborough City Council and Opportunity Peterborough scheme will be helped with a £105,000 grant from English Heritage.

The council is investing £100,000 in the scheme over three years.

Local businesses will also be asked to support the plan.

Steve Bowyer, head of economic development at Opportunity Peterborough, said: "In creating more attractive and more active shop-fronts it will help to draw in further high-profile restaurants and retailers."

Councillor Matthew Lee, deputy leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "Cowgate is a fantastic historic street in the city, but does not contribute as strongly as it could to the city economy.

"It could be a key route from the railway station to the newly enhanced Cathedral Square, and should be a destination in its own right for its shops, bars and restaurants.

"I am delighted that this partnership with English Heritage will enable us to enhance a street that should be seen as one of the city's assets."

Work on the scheme will start in April 2011.

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