Mark Whitehead 11 December 2015

Coastal towns secure £3m cash boost

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is one of 77 projects set to benefit from a £3m government cash injection into coastal towns and resorts.

Communities minister Brandon Lewis said the funding will help secure key seaside attractions 'for generations to come'.

Ranging from theatres to piers and lidos to lighthouses, the projects will each receive grants of up to £50,000 to kick-start restoration work.

They are also set to attract £30m in private and public investment and could support up to 1,500 jobs.

More than £120m has been invested through the Coastal Communities Fund since 2012.

Other projects in the latest batch include reviving Grange-over-Sands art deco lido, regenerating Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront, reopening Paignton picture house and restoring the lighthouse in Spurn, Kingston-upon-Hull.

Mr Lewis said: 'From Berwick to St Ives, our coastal communities boast some iconic attractions, with millions visiting them each year.

'But some of our best-loved buildings are falling into a state of disrepair - the £3 million Coastal Revival Fund aims to restore them to their former glory.'

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