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Final year for Poole High Street’s heritage improvement programme

A four-year transformation programme to give Poole High Street a new lease of life is entering its final year.

Over the last three years, the Poole High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) has seen improvements throughout the high street, including general repairs to listed buildings; shopfront and façade enhancements; new lighting along the High Street; and the remodelling of Scaplen’s Court.

It has also seen an exciting cultural programme that has used an elaborate creative vision to celebrate Poole and enlighten new audiences to its historic heart with the maritime trade.

In 2020, Poole was chosen as one of 68 high streets to receive government funding to restore its local historic character, improve its public realm and cultural offering.

It received £625,000 of external funding which was matched with money from the Community Infrastructure Levy to create a £1.25million project fund.

This year, the High Street will be transformed further, with planned works including improvements to buildings along the High Street; positive changes to the appearance of Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court; and the refresh of the Shopfronts and shop signs guidance to help businesses and property owners navigate future changes to these historic buildings.

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Leader of BCP Council and Portfolio Holder for Development, Growth, Regeneration and Transformation commented:

“The regeneration of Poole is one of five big projects that we mention in our Big Plan.

“Poole Town Centre has lacked serious investment for decades, and this project has helped initiate our regeneration plans.

“We’ve already seen several improvements throughout Poole High Street and we’ll continue to deliver this transformation of Poole, creating a high-quality public realm that enhances the distinctiveness of the town, respects its heritage, and promotes its economic wellbeing for everyone.”

To find out more about the project and the regeneration of Poole, please visit our Poole Heritage Action Zone webpages.

Posted on Wednesday 22 March 2023