Coastal projects awarded nearly £1m for restoration

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25 coastal projects have been awarded almost £1m to restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to communities across the British coast

Coastal Revival Funding, now in its third year, provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration. The fund also supports large-scale projects which are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect.

Six of the winning projects include grants for sites which are classed as ‘at risk’ by Historic England including Northwood House Rotunda on the Isle of Wight, a former Ice Factory in Grimsby, an Elizabethan House in Plymouth, an historic artillery Fort in Essex, a Miners Chapel in the heart of the community in St. Just, Penwith, and, the iconic Rock Gardens of Ramsgate.

Other successful projects include:

  • Whitehaven Lighthouses – a fund of £39,700 will see the repair and protection of 2 iconic 19th Century lighthouses at the entrance to Whitehaven Harbour
  • Weymouth Esplanade Shelters – a fund of £50,000 will support the complete refurbishment of 7 grade II listed Esplanade shelters in Weymouth
  • Arnside Viaduct: Connecting Coastal Communities – A fund of £50,000 will connect coastal communities through a new foot/cycle bridge across Arnside Viaduct
  • Withernsea Pier Towers restoration programme – A fund of £48,600 will help to restore 2 historic Withernsea Pier Towers.

On a visit to see how the Coastal Revival Fund will benefit the historic Withernsea Pier Towers project, Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick start the restoration of 25 important sites up and down our Great British coastline.

“From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair. The Coastal Revival Fund also helps regenerate our coastal communities and support them to grow by bringing these sites back to life and making them the focal points of their communities once more.

“It’s all part of our plan to invest nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas by 2020, providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities up and down the Great British Coast.”

Deborah Lamb, Deputy Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “We welcome news of funding to help save at-risk historic buildings and places in our seaside towns and villages, so that they can be brought back into use for the benefit of local communities.

“Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas. There are great examples of restoration projects in our seaside towns, often bringing together the private, public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. This funding will inspire more.”

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