New £3m fund to revive coastal heritage

A new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point near Skegness is among the projects to boost the Lincolnshire Coast
A new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point near Skegness is among the projects to boost the Lincolnshire Coast
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A new £3m fund will help kick-start the revival of at-risk coastal heritage – potentially creating opportunities for new businesses and jobs.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has today (Friday) launched the Coastal Revival Fund, which will help communities unlock the economic potential of hard-to-tackle buildings, facilities and amusements such as piers, lidos and proms.

Grants will be used to get restoration projects underway by funding initial work that will be a catalyst that attracts additional financing from the private and charitable sectors.

The DCLG also announced the latest Coastal Communities Teams to be created, which included successful bids for Mablethorpe and Skegness. Each team will put together a long-term vision and strategy for their area to tackle the specific challenges they face.

In March, a coastal team was given the greenlight to maximise the potential of visitor centre projects at Gibraltar Point and Chapel St Leonards and the seal colony attraction at Donna Nook.

The Government has now brought all these coastal projects under the banner of The Great British Coast, with a new website launched at www.thegreatbritishcoast.co.uk .

Executive member for economic development, Coun Colin Davie, said: “Following last week’s news of a further £90m for the Coastal Communities Fund, this underlines the Government’s strong commitment to making the most of our seaside towns.

“Whilst £3m may appear small in comparison, if used intelligently, it could make a significant difference to communities along the Great British Coast.

“But to do that, we need to make sure our local business leaders are fully involved in any discussions.

“With that in mind, I am bringing together the major developers on the coast to explore the opportunities, with a view to putting together an ambitious flagship bid for the county.”