Derby

Derbyshire heritage mills site gets cash boost

Darley Abbey
Image caption The council says it is important the long-term future of the listed buildings is protected

A restoration project for a Derbyshire World Heritage Site is to benefit from a £900,000 cash boost.

The Darley Abbey Mills site, which runs along the River Derwent, has been awarded the money by Derby City Council to help regenerate the site.

It is hoped the scheme will attract new businesses and create new jobs.

The council said two-thirds of the money will be used to restore the Stables Block, which is Grade ll listed and in a poor state of repair.

The Darley Abbey Mills properties are privately owned and include Grade l and ll listed buildings while the Stables Block is owned by the city council.

A fund of £300,00 will also be set up to help mill owners improve their properties.

Alan Smith, head of economic regeneration at Derby City Council said it was important the work was carried out to secure its long term future.

"There aren't many cities that can boast a World Heritage Site.

"As a city I don't think we've done enough to protect the site and it's gradually been going to wrack and ruin over the last 20 to 30 years."

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