Redruth High Street Heritage Action Zone

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Redruth High Street Heritage Action Zone 2020-2024

In 2020 Redruth received a share of the £95 million High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) fund, one of only 10 places in the South West to benefit from this national scheme. It follows a bid submitted by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Redruth High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) Project Board.

The investment will act as a catalyst for improving the prosperity of the town centre so that it can continue to serve the local community and businesses, adapting to the challenges that all high streets were experiencing, even before Covid-19.

Redruth High Street Heritage Action Zone 2020-2024

In 2020 Redruth received a share of the £95 million High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) fund, one of only 10 places in the South West to benefit from this national scheme. It follows a bid submitted by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Redruth High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) Project Board.

The investment will act as a catalyst for improving the prosperity of the town centre so that it can continue to serve the local community and businesses, adapting to the challenges that all high streets were experiencing, even before Covid-19.

The grant of £1,689,063, awarded by Historic England, will attract a further £3 million of investment from the private and public sector.

The key focus of the Redruth HSHAZ scheme is:

  • Community and business engagement to give local communities and business owners a key role in the scheme
  • Key Buildings Grant Scheme
  • Public realm and access improvements
  • Redruth Unlimited a 3-year programme of events and activities
  • A masterplan developed for the long-term vision and regeneration of Redruth town centre
  • Branding, marketing and communications plan to positively promote Redruth town centre
  • Redevelopment of two key sites in the town centre:
    • The London Inn to create new residential and commercial space
    • The Buttermarket Cluster to enhance the buildings and create a vibrant space for independent businesses, events, markets and performance

Read more below to find out what's happening in Redruth.

Redruth Unlimited

Cornwall Council and Redruth Cultural Consortium are delighted to reveal we have been awarded a £80,000 grant from Historic England as part of the Redruth High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) to commission community-led cultural activities in the town centre over the next three years.

The Redruth Unlimited grant scheme was launch on 19 May 2021 and to apply for funding please visit their website.

Ross Williams, Chair of Redruth Cultural Consortium, said: “This is another vote of confidence in Redruth’s ability to deliver effective and exciting work from our varied communities and we believe it will add great value to the investment in our buildings and our historic town environment which is already under way. The Cultural Consortium has brought together a very wide range of organisations and people who are committed to empowering local people and giving them the chance to use their creativity to develop new visions of how we make the most of our town centres.”

Rose Barnecut, FEAST Director, said: “This is a great opportunity to develop really creative projects unique to this historic town, projects which use local networks, knowledge and assets to involve the widest possible range of people. Redruth is a special place and we want special ideas. Artists and creative thinkers needed!”. FEAST, an experienced arts organisation, will support Redruth Cultural Consortium in commissioning the projects which make a difference for Redruth.

Key Buildings Grant Scheme

A key part of the Redruth HSHAZ scheme is the launch of the Key Buildings Property Improvement Grant Scheme which represents capital funding to invest in high priority properties in the Redruth HSHAZ area.

Property owners are being invited to apply for grant funding to assist with improvements. Eligible works include:

  • Shop frontage and signage
  • Improved accessibility
  • Bringing underused or vacant space back into use
  • Reinstatement of improvement of historical architectural features

As the grant scheme has a limited budget and is only open until 2023/24 and we strongly encourage owners to contact us as soon as possible, the grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis.

  • Some exciting new events coming up in April & May!

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    We have a handful of events coming up this April & May that will be great for businesses and residents alike!

    Rise & Shine

    Friday 15 April, 7.30 am - 9.00 am, Held at The Art Room (next to Home Ground Coffee Shop, Fore Street)

    These get togethers are a chance for Redruth businesses to meet and talk, share exciting ideas and discover what's happening in the town - join us and be involved!

    At these sessions we'll be chatting about plans for the former Redruth Library and the Redruth HSHAZ scheme. The business community is a vital part of the future of Redruth town centre and we want to hear from you!

    If you're interested in coming along, text YES, and your business name & session (either Rise & Shine or Cakey Coffee) to 07547 671 367.

    For further information, please contact cheryl.welsh@cornwall.gov.uk


    Cakey Coffee

    Friday 29 April, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm. Held at The Art Room

    These get togethers are a chance for Redruth businesses to meet and talk, share exciting ideas and discover what's happening in the town - join us and be involved!

    If you're interested in coming along, text YES, and your business name & session (either Rise & Shine or Cakey Coffee) to 07547 671 367.

    For further information, please contact cheryl.welsh@cornwall.gov.uk


    Creative Get Together #3

    Friday 6 May, 12.00 pm - 7.00 pm, held at The Art Room

    Come along & have a chat, share ideas and energy, and be a part of all the amazing projects happening in Redruth town centre!

    As always, it's not all talk... there's also a chance to get creative and hands on - all will be revealed on the day!

    For further information, please contact cheryl.welsh@cornwall.gov.uk

  • What do you love about your high street?

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    Today Historic England is asking people “what do you love about your high street?” as the first part of a national conversation on the future of our high streets.


    From 20-26 September, the public body is asking people to share what they love about high streets over social media. Whether it’s the memory of the place you bought your first ever album, a shop that’s become part of your weekend routine, or a place you go to meet friends and family, Historic England wants to hear about it. Those stories will come together to build a national picture of what makes high streets so special and to learn what matters most when it comes to their future.

    To share what you love about the high street, use #HighStreetLove and tag @HistoricEngland.


    Historic England commissioned YouGov to find out how people are feeling about their local high street. 73% of people said their local high street is important to them, 54% of people feel pessimistic about their local high street’s future and 40% feel motivated to take action to help their high street’s future. 71% of people said that they feel personal interactions are important when visiting the high street.


    Historic England is tracking public sentiment on high streets over the four years of their High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme. New research shows that 92% of people care what their high street looks like and 90% agree that it’s worth trying to save historic features when trying to improve local places.


    Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

    “What I love about high streets is how they bring people together. Throughout history high streets have been our gathering places; centres of commerce, conversation and community. They help make where we live special. Nearly half of all high streets were built before 1919. They are one of the most visited and enjoyed types of heritage in the country, a connection to our past and a key to our future. We know they are struggling, and their future is uncertain, and we think this is a timely moment to ask people about their future and consider the part we can all play in supporting these important places.”


    Heritage Minister Caroline Dinenage said:

    "High streets are at the heart of our communities and have played a central role in driving economic growth for decades. It is vital we protect them for local people to enjoy long into the future, reimagining and rebooting them for the modern world so they can be proud of where they live. This timely research will help us better understand what people value in their high street and ensure we are providing the right support."


    Historic England is aiming to gain insights into what people value about high streets and what they hope for their future as important social, commercial and physical spaces. Historic England will then create a programme of discussions, commissions and experiments that further explore what high streets could be like in the future, all with the aim of helping people feel empowered to take action for the high street and support its future.

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  • 'We Love Redruth' - new video from Agents4Change and Hedluv & Passman

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    Agents4Change & Hedluv & Passman met in a carpark over lockdown number 3 to create this plea to the peeps in power - the next generation will reap what we sow. Don’t forget the skatepark!


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