12:32pm Friday 21st March 2014
CAERPHILLY council has received financial backing for its Re-uniting Bute Town with its Heritage project, it has been announced.
The project aims to re-unite Bute Town with its industrial heritage and reaffirm the village as a “vibrant, thriving and sustainable community and unique heritage destination” within the county borough.
Development funding of £134,200 has been awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help Caerphilly council progress its plans and apply for a full delivery grant at a later date.
The project aims to deliver essential conservation repair work to the historic buildings of Bute Town, complimented by a series of enhancements to the town’s public realm and development of a local heritage trail, connecting the village to nearby sites of special interest.
The project will also provide opportunity for local volunteers and residents to undertake essential conservation skills training.
Funding from the HLF will be enhanced by a contribution from Caerphilly council as well as each property owner and matched where possible by grants from other public and private sector bodies.
Bute Town, also known locally as Drenewydd, is a self-contained community comprising 44 early 19th century industrial workers housing, St Aidan’s Church and the Windsor Arms pub. The properties are a rare surviving example of the earliest planned industrial housing in the South Wales Valleys, according to the council.
Ken James, cabinet member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said: “We are delighted with this initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund which gives the assurance that development funding is in place to allow us to deliver conservation repair works and other enhancements to the historic buildings of Bute Town.
“This area is an important example of our county borough’s social, cultural and aesthetic history, and so I warmly welcome this news.”
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