Ilkeston hall in £54k revamp

Ilkeston town hall
Ilkeston town hall

Ilkeston Town Hall is about to get a huge makeover thanks to a grant of £54,800 won from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

As Erewash Borough Council was successful in its bid for the funding, a three month project to repair and restore the front of the historic Town Hall can begin in the New Year.

The renovations will also include a range of activities that will share the history of the building with residents of all ages such as talks by local history societies, valuable work experience opportunities for college students and training in traditional building skills for local contractors.

Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration, said it was a fantastic win for the council.

He added: “It is vitally important that we preserve our historic buildings and winning this funding means we can now carry out some much-needed repairs.

“What makes this project special is that it will also involve local residents, history groups and school pupils, developing their understanding of heritage - while students and local contractors will also gain skills in looking after the heritage of this borough.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF in the East Midlands, added: “We have been able to make significant investment into the diverse heritage of Ilkeston.

“This latest project will let local people find out more about their history and discover more fascinating stories about the place they are proud to call home.”