St Annes Pier has won a £50,000 share of the government’s £1m Coastal Revival Fund, which supports the restoration of historic buildings and sea- side assets.
The bid, put forward by Fylde Council and St Annes Pier Company and supported by St Annes Enterprise Partnership, will go towards five specific areas and will be completed by the end of March 2019.
These include the enhancement of the pier’s forecourt with new paving and a contribution to the conversion of one of the historic pavilions into an extension to the deckhouse café.
The Grade II-listed pier, which opened in 1885, features an amusement arcade, café and gift shops in its pavilion.
Paul Drinnan, regeneration and design manager at Fylde Council, said: “The trustees of the pier invest significant sums of money to keep the pier in a good state of repair.
This grant will support some of this work but also help enhance its appearance, particularly helping with the restoration of the small pavilion, works to the forecourt and the lighting scheme.”
The Coastal Revival Fund, now in its third year, provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration.
123 bids in total were received and St Annes Pier was one of 25 that were granted a share of the funding available.
Deborah Lamb, deputy chief executive of Historic England, said: “We welcome news of funding to help save at-risk historic buildings and places in our seaside towns and villages, so that they can be brought back into use for the benefit of local communities.
“Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas.
“There are great examples of restoration projects in our seaside towns, often bringing together the private, public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. This funding will inspire more.”