A crowdfunding campaign has raised £466,000 to help save Brighton’s Victorian seafront arches.
Madeira Terrace, a Grade II-listed structure running half a mile along the seafront, has been closed to the public after falling into disrepair.
But a crowdfunding scheme initiated by the city council has seen local residents, businesses, and celebrities help raise £45,000 more than the original target.
Council leader Warren Morgan said: “We’re looking forward to seeing the area returned to its former glory, with the iconic arches restored.”
When launching the campaign in summer, Brighton and Hove City Council said it was “calling on people power” to help save the terraces which are considered to be the longest cast iron structure in Britain.
Morgan believes the “incredible backing” from the local community put the council in a much better position to submit a bid for Heritage Lottery funding. An estimated £24m is needed in total for the regeneration project.
The council said the restoration of the iconic arches will save the historical structure from falling into disrepair, and in the process create a new lively quarter for Brighton.
Morgan said: “Once restored, Madeira Terrace will become the catalyst for regeneration of the eastern side of Brighton’s famous seafront.”