£3 million Coastal Revival Fund
77 sites of coastal heritage are set to benefit from £3 million of DCLG funding.
On Friday 11th December, the Department for Communities and Local Government announced the recipients of a £3 million Coastal Revival Fund to help communities kick-start long awaited restoration work and bring back into use hard-to-tackle buildings, landscapes, facilities and amusements.
Below are some of the recipients.
New Brighton Lighthouse, Merseyside
The iconic New Brighton lighthouse in Merseyside last shone its light on 1st October 1973.
'Brighten New Brighton' will revive the promenade by re-lighting Perch Rock Lighthouse and bringing back to life part of New Brighton’s heritage for the benefit of the local community, businesses and visitors.
Tynemouth Outdoor Pool
Tynemouth Outdoor Pool is a concrete, rectangular, salt water tidal pool, built in the 1920s. It lies at the Southern end of Tynemouth Longsands beach on the North East coast. Popular with locals and holiday makers alike for over 50 years it has recently fallen into disrepair.
The Tynemouth Outdoor Pool project is one of the UK's biggest community driven regeneration projects. Supported by the passion and imagination of thousands, it will create a unique and internationally significant leisure facility on one of the country's favourite beaches.
The Paignton Picture House
The Paignton Picture House is believed to be one of the oldest cinemas. The original Paignton Bioscopic Exhibition Centre was built sometime between 1907 and 1910. Agatha Christie would often visit the Picture House and sit in row two, seat two, in the circle.
This project will reopen the much-loved Paignton Picture House to the public for the first time in over 16 years. This will allow the community to fully engage in the planned full restoration of one of Paignton's outstanding heritage assets.
South Parade Pier, Portsmouth
The South Parade Pier in Southsea was officially opened in 1879. Due to fears of invasion it was partially dismantled during the Second World War. It has survived three major fires and continual changes in fashion to become a classic fixture in the city of Portsmouth
The money will help to repair and refurbish the main and secondary roofs on South Parade Pier, as part of a wider scheme for its restoration and regeneration as a modern pleasure pier.
Grange Lido, Grange Over Sands
The iconic saltwater lido is the only remaining coastal lido in the north of England although it has been closed since 1993.
The lido also won the DCLG's national coastal heritage photo competition after receiving the highest number of public votes.
Funds will go towards a business case to restore and redevelop the derelict 1930s Art Deco saltwater Lido site in Grange over Sands into a sustainable and economically viable community asset for future generations.
Landguard Peninsula, Felixstowe
Discover Landguard is an exciting project that seeks to develop an enhanced heritage offer on the Landguard Peninsula which encompasses the regional heritage assets of Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Museum and a SSSI Nature Reserve.
Trinity Market, Hull
The Trinity Indoor Market revival is an important part of plans to transform the historical heart of Hull. The Trinity Market facelift is central to creating a bustling attractive area with café bars, diverse shopping and visitor attractions for this City of Culture 2017.
West Pier Lighthouse, Whitby
The fund will help renovation works to restore the historic structure of Whitby West Pier Lighthouse and once more open it for public access, hence regenerating a highly valued and visible community asset which is quite literally a beacon at the gateway to this historic port town.
Blackpool Winter Gardens
The Coastal Revival Fund project will provide match funding towards a £230,000 scheme to carry out emergency stabilisation and repair works to the walls of the Pavilion Theatre within the Grade II* Winter Gardens building in Blackpool.