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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Wanted: heritage expert to help

A NEW job has been created to help drive a £1.4million overhaul of Whitehaven Market Place and Old Town.

On the back of a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Copeland Council is now advertising for a Whitehaven Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) officer to “manage, administer and implement” the scheme that will enhance and repair the area of town centre including Market Place and James Street, and the lower ends of Queen Street and Swingpump Lane.

All buildings in that area are eligible for support through the THI scheme and can get a grant of up to 60 per cent towards improvements. Buildings have been prioritised in terms of their location, significance, character or state of dilapidation.

The post is a five-year fixed term contract and pays between £25,726 and £28,922 a year. The salary will be paid out of money Copeland has been granted and will not come out of the council’s own pocket. The successful applicant will “liaise with planning, conservation, regeneration and other officers, and work closely with local communities and businesses.”

Specific duties will include assisting those eligible to apply for grants, and overseeing training given to building and construction firms that specialise in heritage projects.

Those interested in the post are asked to email info@copeland.gov.uk, telephone 0845 0548600 or visit www.copeland.gov.uk. The closing date is Monday, November 4.

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