|The Regeneration Game
Before and after on Market Street.
Hindley is looking pretty tasty these days!
The former co-op building on Market Street, latterly the snooker club, has been transformed from a derelict eyesore back into a stylish steak restaurant within a landmark building.
It’s the latest part of the £1 million ongoing improvements to the town’s main shopping street which has been funded by the council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Cllr David Molyneux, Cabinet Champion for Regeneration, said: “Hindley has some great historic buildings, like the churches, library and museum. Together with our partners, we are making a major investment to regenerate and improve the area.”
The property, at 48-50 Market Street, now has a traditional shop front and sash windows. The new steak restaurant will be run by locals Dieter and Kai Binder. Upstairs has planning approval for conversion to apartments.
The £1m improvements plan for Hindley began in 2006 with tree planting, high quality York Stone paving, pedestrian safety works and restoration to a number of shops on Market Street.
Cllr Molyneux added: “Regeneration can only be achieved through working in partnership. In the case of Hindley, there is a Townscape Heritage Initiative Partnership Group, which includes local residents, shopkeepers and Councillors. This group is committed to the long term improvement of the town centre”.
Negotiations are currently underway with the owner of another long standing derelict property and it is expected that plans for its restoration will be lodged with the Council early in the New Year.
Funding for the town centre improvements comes from a range of sources including:
- The Council’s Local Transport Plan allocation
- North West Development Agency Coalfield Communities Regeneration Programme
- The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund
- Heritage Lottery Fund, Townscape Heritage Initiative Programme