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Major hotel makeover

By mgrodentz  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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A Greek restaurant and hotel has had a major facelift – thanks to the help of a City Council grant.

Nicki's Hotel and Taverna in Westgate Street has had all of its 15 timber windows completely replaced like-for-like after receiving a cash boost from a council fund.

The historic areas grant scheme covers the City Centre Conservation Area and main shopping centre. It is aimed at helping owners with the reinstatement of traditional shop frontages or repainting and rejuvenating vacant premises to improve the local street scene.

A total of £220,000 is available and projects could receive up to 80% of the total cost of the work.

This is the fourth scheme to be helped and other owners in the area are being contacted and reminded that cash is still available.

Council Leader,  Paul James, commented: " In this case all of the windows in this building were beyond repair and have been completely replaced. This sort of work makes such a visual impact on the local area.

" The improvement is very obvious and helps to completely rejuvenate the building which in turn 'lifts' the area around it.

"We are very keen for more owners to come forward and take advantage of this scheme while money is still available."

Hotel owner, Nicki Neocleous, who has been operating his restaurant and 25-room hotel  business in Westgate Street for  50 years, said: " The windows we have had replaced are all at the front of the building so it certainly makes a big difference and makes the street look a lot better.

" The council team were really good to work with and it would certainly have been very hard for us to have had this work done without the grant."

Businesses interested in applying can e-mail: heritage@gloucester.gov.uk, or phone the conservation team on 01452 396855 or 01452 396194 

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