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Kettering’s High Street Heritage Action Zone secures funding from Historic England for four-year project
The HSHAZ is a Historic England initiative intended to breathe new life into town centres by revitalising old buildings and helping to regenerate a vibrant place for locals, businesses and visitors. Historic England has confirmed the secure funding of £1,480,000 for the Kettering High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), with the four-year project beginning late this summer that will restore our historical town centre. The funding of £1,480,000 supports an anticipated total of £4,354,000, including a contribution to commit £2.4 million from Kettering Borough Council towards the cultural-led regeneration plans.
The first milestone of the project will see public realm and street scene improvements in the southern end of the High Street. Kettering Civic Society is the local Historic and Cultural representative and we sit on the board together with Cllr Dearing, Cllr Edwards and Cllr Adams, Kettering Town Centre Partnership who are the business community representatives.
As part of the consortium the Society is working with the Council and Historic England to ‘breathe new life into high streets that are rich in heritage and full of promise - unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors’. The High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme aims to help with the recovery of local high streets from regenerating historic building as well as engaging our community through art and cultural projects. Already we have taken part in Zoom meetings following research and we provided 17 mood boards showing photographs and illustrations of how the High Street has looked in the past. We have the Rotary Club of Kettering Huxloe’s book A Pictorial History of Kettering and Tony Smith’s wonderful books containing photographs of old Kettering as well as the Society’s own Kettering Revisited to thank for producing these valuable records. These will assist the consultants, Influence, with design and community projects.
There has already been public consultation on ‘Improvements to the Pedestrian Area’ through an online survey which took place on www.thisiskettering.com/HAZ and during the Town Centre Conference which we attended at the Council offices in February. Technical documents and application forms have been developed for the various grant schemes which will be open for property owners of historic buildings within the HSHAZ area to apply.
Kettering Gallery, Library and Museum receives approval of £3million from Central Government’s Get Building Fund
Kettering’s Alfred East Art Gallery, Library and Manor House Museum (GLaM) is one of 300 projects nationally to have secured funding from the Central Government’s Get Building Fund which will stimulate jobs and support economic recovery across the country. The total project is worth £3.9m and over the next two years will deliver transformational improvements to the facilities.
The project’s objective is to revitalise and extend GLaM to become a Creative and Cultural anchor for North Northamptonshire, which provides a blend of cultural amenity space and teaching facilities, while protecting and enhancing the historical fabric of the buildings. GLaM is one of 12 projects funded in the South East Midlands (SEMLEP) region. The project will now enter the final due diligence stage, with final funding approval from SEMLEP’s board in the Autumn.
Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial & Economic Development at Kettering Borough Council said: “This funding represents a fantastic opportunity for the borough of Kettering and is fundamental to our cultural-led regeneration aspirations, it will complement the existing High Street Heritage Action Zone, whereby the projects collectively achieve over £8m of investment into the town over the next 4 years. The Gallery recently celebrated its 107th anniversary of it’s opening. Sir Alfred East hoped that the people of Kettering would “find something in the Gallery to make their lives bigger, better and brighter….” This remains a core sentiment of the project GLaM and we look forward to working with SEMLEP on taking it forward. I would like to thank our partners at Northamptonshire County Council who represent Kettering Library and the British Library led Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Northamptonshire, our dedicated and passionate Gallery and Museum staff, volunteers and friends of; collectively this team have worked hard to develop the ideas needed to make this project a reality.”
Cllr Scott Edwards, portfolio holder for community and leisure at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this funding. The Gallery, Library and Museum (GLaM) are, combined, a tremendous asset and resource for Kettering Borough and beyond; this award will revitalise and extend GLaM to become a Creative and Cultural anchor for North Northamptonshire helping us make even better use of the buildings and collections and enhance and integrate the services on offer there.
The investment will enable the development of a programme of events and activities to strengthen community links and support creative businesses. GLaM will harness local passion, creativity, innovation, skills, ideas and develop local talent to grow the economy through Culture led regeneration building on a century’s worth of cultural investment making it fit for the next 100 years”
MARKING KETTERING’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ANTI-SLAVE MOVEMENT
On 8th July 2020 the Executive Committee of Kettering Borough Council Meeting was held when Martin Hammond, Executive Director of Kettering Borough Council, presented the following Report, the purpose was to seek approval of the commissioning of public art, marking the involvement of Kettering people to the anti-slavery movement in the early nineteenth century.
1 BACKGROUND INFORMATION
TO REQUESTS FOR A MONUMENT/PUBLIC ART
4 TERMS OF A
6 POLICY AND RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS
7. LEGAL AND EQUALITY IMPLICATIONS
THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED IN FAVOUR OF THIS RECOMMENDATION
KETTERING STATION Then and Now
are sorry that we have been unable to meet socially for coffee mornings,
quizzes, lunches and outings.
A most generous donation of £300 has been received from David Laing via the Laing Foundation Trust.
Contributions totalling £313,
towards public art in the town centre in recognition of William Knibb have
been gratefully received from;
In conclusion - A book
We have recently been given a book, 'To Be A Pilgrim, Memoirs of a
Kettering Doctor' by Peter McCormick, a wonderfully fascinating read
which is highly recommended.