A shop owner has expressed their delight over £1m plans to restore a street in Mansfield to its former glory.

The £921,600 restoration will see the town centre’s Leeming Street become a vision of beauty, sending its residents back in time to the early 20th century.

Shop fronts will be transformed and street signs removed to help give the street its original Victorian feel.

Sue Nelson, manager of pottery painting and teddy bear making company, The Glazey Place, said: “It’s a shame all these listed buildings have just been left. Our shop is massive and had been derelict for years before we moved in three months ago.

“I think the restoration will bring more people into the shop. There’s more people living in the town centre now and we need this change. It’s really exciting.”

The grant, provided by The Heritage Lottery Fund, will be used to help restore the buildings in the town centre on what used to be a thriving shopping street.

Mansfield is one of several areas in the country awarded cash through the fund.

More than 439 historic town areas will be renewed with the help of £288m provided by the National Lottery.

“I WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO FEEL THEY HAVE STEPPED BACK IN TIME.”

Heritage consultant, Denis Hill, believes the changes will go towards making the street more ‘aesthetically pleasing’.

He said: “The change will provide more heritage and make the street look aesthetically pleasing. I want people to be able to feel that they have stepped back in time.

“The shops at the moment are a mismatch of designs and plenty of them have fallen behind with the times.

“We approached all shopkeepers before putting forth the application and everyone showed a good interest.”

Denis hopes to restore the street as it once was with the help of the local community.

He added: “We want to engage the public, schools and colleges by providing activities such as a live street theatre and heritage trails.”

Sarah Nelson, manager of Mansfield Business Improvement District, said: “Mansfield BID, as one of the groups behind the grant, is delighted that this part of the town centre is in line for the funding. This can only boost Mansfield’s reputation.”

The money is expected to be made available once plans have been approved in Spring 2018.

Current Leeming Street
Leeming Street, Mansfield is set to be reformed. Credit Heritage Lottery Fund