Revival fund to save coastal heritage sites for future generations

26 Nov 2018 04:40 PM

Almost £1 million of Coastal Revival Funding to restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to communities up and down the Great British Coast.

Almost £1 million of Coastal Revival Funding has been awarded to 25 projects to restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to communities up and down the Great British Coast.

The fund, now in its third year, provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration. In 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, Penrith, and, the iconic Rock Gardens of Ramsgate.

Other successful projects include:

On a visit to see first-hand how the Coastal Revival Fund will benefit the historic Withernsea Pier Towers project, Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, yesterday 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, yesterday 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.

Further information

Funding has been awarded to 25 projects in coastal areas to help revive sites of significance and bring economic growth to coastal communities. The full list of winners can be viewed below.

The Coastal Revival Fund was introduced in 2015 to 2016 to help coastal areas bring at risk heritage and community assets back into economic use.

This year each project was able to bid for up to £50,000 of funding to help identify a new role for iconic buildings and structures in need of restoration. Minister Berry made the announcement while on a visit to the Withernsea Pier Towers Revival Programme in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Coastal Revival Fund is supporting the project with a £48,600 grant to repair and refurbish the Pier Towers, preserving and enabling them to become a natural focal point for the town to use in a wide range of social and community events

 

25 coastal projects PDF, 105KB, 3 pages

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