£3m pot available for seafronts

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Communities have just a few days to bid for funding to help restore striking structures on their seafronts.

A total of £3m is available in the Coastal Revival Fund for communities keen to kick-start long-awaited restoration work and bring back into use hard-to-tackle buildings, landscapes, facilities and amusements.

And Coastal Communities Minister, Mark Francois, is urging groups to submit bids before the deadline of Monday.

The fund will act as a catalyst to drive additional financing from the private and charitable sectors as the Government tries to unlock the economic potential of seaside towns.

Mr Francois said: “From historic piers, seafronts to lidos, our coastal towns are awash with striking icons which we want to celebrate, but may have fallen into neglect and disuse over time.

“I urge communities to bid for this £3m Coastal Revival funding ahead of the deadline so they can kick-start restoration work and drive further investments so these icons can be restored to their full potential.

“This Government is committed to reviving our seaside towns and our multimillion-pound Coastal Communities Fund is having a big impact on seaside economies.

“At least £90million more will be spent in the coming years.”

The Budget announced the Coastal Communities Fund will continue for another five years with a pot of £90m.

This will give communities another chance to take forward their vision for improving their seaside town.