Funding granted for model village plans

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Almost £70,000 of funding has been granted to help with the restoration of a historic model village.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded development funding of £68,200 to Bolsover District Council for the New Bolsover Model Village scheme.

The money will mean more detailed plans can be drawn up for the site over the next 12 months, to allow the council to apply for a full grant at a later stage.

The scheme will focus on New Bolsover Model Village, which is made up of more than 200 properties, the majority owned by the council.

It is intended the project will see essential repairs carried out, original architectural features restored, and thermal insulation provided where appropriate.

New Bolsover Model Village – built by the Bolsover Colliery Company in 1891 to accommodate its workforce – is a lasting legacy to the coal mining industry which dominated life in the town from 1891 to 1993.

Coun Dennis Kelly, Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are delighted the HLF has seen the benefits of this project and awarded us this money to progress our plans.

“New Bolsover Model Village is a prime example of late 19th century housing and is considered by English Heritage to be one of the finest colliery villages in the country, so we want to make sure the original features are protected, but also bring them up to standard in terms of heating and insulation.”

Community workshops, exhibitions and events will be organised to keep residents informed.

Coun Kelly added: “I would urge all local residents to come along to these workshops and give us their views.”