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Lottery cash for historical Hartlepool street

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Image caption The Church Street area is "steeped in history"

Lottery funding will help "breath new life" into part of Hartlepool town centre, the council has said.

The £1.2m award, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be used to develop the Church Street area.

There are already plans for an £11m college of art and design in what is being designated the Innovation and Skills Quarter.

The latest award will fund community projects and bring some of the empty buildings back into use.

Local councillor Jim Ainslie said: "This is an area which is steeped in history and with some fantastic buildings which we must preserve for future generations."

Church Street was one of the principal roads in what was formerly known as West Hartlepool and the council said it played a "significant role" in the development of the town.

It now sits within a conservation zone.

The area would be home to "creative industries" and provide opportunities for graduates of the college, a council spokesman said.

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