A TOWN could receive a grant of up to £400,000 to preserve its heritage – but only if the council tops up the sum.
Elland is in the running for an English Heritage grant to retain and improve its architectural heritage.
But Calderdale Council would also need to find funds to pay for some of the work needed if they accepted the grant.
It’s thought the council would need to top the sum up with a minimum of £40,000.
A further £300,000 in funding from Highways and Engineering Services for works and £205,250 private owner contribution would also be required.
Clr Amanda Byrne, cabinet member for the economy and the environment said: “We want to do everything we can to ensure the Elland conservation area does not remain on the English Heritage at risk register.
“If the grant scheme is approved it could lead to real improvements to the historic character of the area and will help people to rediscover their pride in the town.”
The grant and subsequent funding will be discussed at Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
Following a national survey in 2009, Elland was identified by English Heritage as a conservation area at risk. This status was based on the area having deteriorated over the past few years with the likelihood of its continual decline predicted.
English Heritage hope the work will bring vacant floorspace back into use and act as a catalyst to encourage property owners to make their own improvements too.
The area outside St Mary’s Church and Southgate buildings, between Coronation Street and Victoria Road, have been identified.