Weymouth Esplanade and Withernsea Pier are among 25 successful applicants to the latest round of the government’s coastal restoration scheme.
The government’s Coastal Revival Funding scheme has announced that it will soon award just shy of £1m in grants to 25 coastal landmark and communities projects around the country.
Now in its third year, the CRF allows applicants to bid for up to £50,000 each towards the restoration costs of iconic coastal structures – with an overarching aim to “help revive sites of significance and bring economic growth to coastal communities” nationwide. By 2020, the fund aims to have invested as much as £250m into the British seaside.
Its most recent batch of successful applicants includes the esplanade in Weymouth – which managed to net the maximum grant amount in order to fully renovate its seven Grade II listed shelters. Another big winner is Withernsea Pier, which was awarded nearly £49,000 to help restore its two historic pier towers in hope of making them“a natural focal point for the town to use in a wide range of social and community events.” More of that to the side of this article.
Notably, six of the buildings to have won CRF grant money this year are already listed as “at risk” by heritage watchdog Historic England.
Vulnerable winners include the Isle of Wight’s North- wood House Rotunda and the famous Rock Gardens in Ramsgate.
Last week, coastal communities minister Jake Berry commented on the latest round of funding whilst making an in-person visit to Withernsea Pier.
“From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair,”he said. “The Coastal Revival Fund also helps regenerate our coastal communities and support them to grow by bringing these sites back to life and making them the focal points of their communities once more.”
Meanwhile, deputy chief executive of Historic England Deborah Lamb outlined what she saw as the wider benefits of the scheme.
“Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas,” she remarked.“There are great examples of restoration projects in our seaside towns, often bringing together the private, public, voluntary and social enter- prise sectors…[and] this funding will inspire more.”