Funding for the restoration of Birnbeck Pier has been included as part of North Somerset Council’s bid for £15m of the government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund.
The authority outlined plans to invest in the landmark following its recent CPO, alongside proposals to revitalise Weston-super-Mare’s town centre and seafront.
“A great deal of work has gone into the bid for the Levelling Up Fund, ensuring we meet the criteria to stand a good chance of being successful in securing this transformational pot of money,” said NSC’s executive member for placemaking and economy.
“If we’re awarded the government grant, these plans will help define Weston town centre as a place for people to work and spend their leisure time.”
If successful, the funding will help the council secure the future of the pier as it transfers ownership to the RNLI, which will re-establish its base on the structure’s seaward end. Investment will also be directed toward the town’s former lido The Tropicana, with plans to convert the seafront site into an 8,000-seat arena, as well as phase two of development plans for the Sovereign Centre.
“The fund is highly competitive, but we are committed to continuingly seek to invest in Weston’s town centre and hope that this bid forms part of that future investment.”