William Eichler 26 November 2018

Coastal communities awarded £1m to restore historic landmarks

Over £1m of Government funding has been awarded to 25 projects to restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to seaside communities.

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

To date, it has provided £4.7m to support 117 projects.

This year each coastal 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.

Of the 25 winners, there were six sites classed by Historic England as ‘at risk’.

‘From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair,’ said the coastal communities minister, Jake Berry MP.

‘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, welcomed the funding announcement.

‘Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas,’ she said.

‘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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