Gatherums and Springside regeneration project begins

Volunteers and supporters at Aswell Hole, off Aswell Street.
Volunteers and supporters at Aswell Hole, off Aswell Street.

The restoration of the historical Horse Steps and the renovation of Aswell Hole is now underway. The Gatherums and Springside Regeneration Group has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Louth Town Council and various public donations.

The work, between Aswell Street and Church Street, is expected to take approximately 12 weeks.

The project includes an architectural dig and improvements to the footpath to provide a safe and accessible east to west footpath link between Aswell Street and Church Street. It will be further enhanced by information boards to tell the historical, social, cultural, political and religious story of the site, which will be designed by local school children under the direction of a local historian.

Secretary Rod Baddon said: “It is magnificent that after such hard work from the group and strong support from Heritage Lottery Fund and others that work can now start. We are delighted that a site of such historical importance will be restored to reflect it’s significance to the town.”

Treasurer Colin Wooding, who has been a member of the group for 14 years, said: “This is the continuation of an ongoing project, trying to enhance the area even further after having already completed the Gatherums renovation.

“The site is of great historical importance, and it’s on our doorstop. It is the only site like this in Lincolnshire, if not nationally.”

Portfolio Holder for Leisure at the ELDC, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “The District Council and Springside and Gatherums Group have worked exceptionally hard to bring this exciting project forward for Louth. Once completed the scheme will breathe a new lease of life into this area of the town benefiting the whole community.”

Lincolnshire County and ELDC Councillor Sarah Dodds, a supporter of the project, said: “It has been a delight to work with the Gatherums and Springside Group.

“They have shown real determination to see this project through, putting in thousands of hours of volunteer time into the project. It will leave a wonderful educational and historical legacy for the residents of Louth for years to come.

“Their sheer committment has been fantastic, and I can’t praise them enough.”