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England’s coastal towns receive £3 million government grant

Published: Tuesday, 15 December 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Seaside communities across England have been boosted by the news that they are to receive thousands of pounds each to help restore some of their most iconic architecture.

The grants have come from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s coastal revival fund, which was set up to realise the potential of hard-to-tackle buildings commonly found in coastal towns, such as piers, lidos and proms.

Transforming seafronts 

In total; 77 projects have been granted up to £50,000 each. They include transforming Hampshire's derelict Victorian pier in Southsea as well as carrying out repair works on a Grade II-listed cinema in Paignton, Torbay.  

Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens has also earmarked for a facelift as has the Trinity Indoor Market in Hull. The West Pier Lighthouse meanwhile will receive some structural renovation work to secure its future. 

Further regeneration

Other plans include help to revive New Brighton lighthouse in Merseyside and outdoor pools in Tynemouth and Brixham. In Brighton the council was successful in its bid for £50,000 to help launch its project to rebuild Madeira Terraces.

Brighton Hippodrome CIC members are also hoping that the grant could act as a springboard towards delivering a multi-million pound project to restore the grade II listed theatre. Campaigners have held talks with a business consortium over a proposed purchase and restoration of the Hippodrome which could cost £8 - £30 million. 

A lasting legacy

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Warren Morgan welcomed the funding for the Madeira Terraces saying they were delighted to have won the grant against “fierce competition”. He said that Madeira 

Terraces and Madeira Drive are in desperate need of regeneration and that the money would be put to good use developing a viable, long term plan to revive it.

He warned that while there is no quick fix, the funding will ensure that a plan is in place for investment and that the city will benefit from a workable and lasting scheme.  

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