News that Buxton’s iconic Crescent is to get a massive £23m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been welcomed by Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell.
“This is exactly the news everyone has been hoping and waiting for – it now puts the onus fairly and squarely on the Government and the D2N2 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) to find the final £2m to secure the deal.
“Local government through the two Labour led councils, High Peak Borough and Derbyshire County, have more than played their part in ensuring the future of this, now its time to other to match that commitment.
“This is an extremely important moment for the town – I know many local people have fond, personal memories of the former hotel and baths – and are anxious to see the buildings restored. It’s been a long time coming, but it really does now feel like all the hurdles have been cleared and I look forward to work starting in the New Year.”
As Leader of High Peak Borough Council, Caitlin has been closely involved in negotiations to secure the future of The Crescent, leading the Council’s bid to secure increased funding for the project. Working with fellow Labour Leader, Cllr Anne Western, she persuaded Derbyshire County Council to make an £8m loan available to the developers at a commercial rate, after banks failed to back the project.
The project also won the backing of Labour’s Deputy Leader and shadow secretary of state for Culture Media and Sport, Harriet Harman MP, when she visited The Crescent recently.
Caitlin added: “The final piece of the funding jigsaw is to secure £2m from Government via D2N2, given that The Crescent lost £5m when the Tory-LibDem government abolished regional development agencies, I don’t think £2m is much to ask for.”
News that Buxton’s iconic Crescent is to get a massive £23m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been welcomed by Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell. “This is exactly the news...