Fylde council bids for pier restoration funds

Fylde council, St. Annes, pier, restoration, funds
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A bid has been brought to the UK Government’s Coastal Revival Fund for the restoration of the grade two-listed St Annes Pier in Fylde.

The project, organised by St Annes Enterprise Partnership and the St Annes Pier Company, has got the backing of the local council and is designed to support long term maintenance of the historic structure and the rebuilding of one of its pavilions.

If the bid is successful the site will be in for a total £106,500 investment over the next 12 months with £48,100 of this coming from the Coastal Revival Fund and a further £58,400 from the pier’s operating company.

The bid has also been backed by Lytham St Annes Civic Society and Blackpool Council, which said: “A coastline that boasts four attractive and active pleasure piers can expect to sustain the heritage offer for visitors who will wish to visit both town’s piers.”

The historic site has fallen into a state of ill repair leaving it a far cry from the bustling leisure hub of its heyday. Previously holding host to an array of amusements and amenities the pier’s rejuvenation would be of marked benefit for the surrounding area, a key aim of the £1m Coastal Revival Fund.

Should the bid be successful, for which most observers believe there is little reason for it not to be, the administration of monies will be agreed by Fylde Council within the month.

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