Campaigners looking to give a former outdoor pool a new lease of life have been given a funding boost.
The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool have drawn up ambitious plans to return the former lido – run a rundown eyesore, into a popular attraction.
And their proposals have been given a boost thanks to a maximum £50,000 from the government’s new national Coastal Revival Fund.
The fund, which hands out £3m a year, aims to help kick-start the revival of at-risk coastal heritage that has the potential to create opportunities for new businesses and jobs.
This year the fund was oversubscribed, with 222 bids received totalling £9m.
The £50,000 will be used to help cover the cost of a number of essential tasks including a condition survey of the pool surround, and the completion of an environmental impact assessment.
Barry Bell, from the Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, said: “We are delighted that we’ve been awarded a share of the Government’s new Coastal Revival Fund, and that we’re continuing to demonstrate that Tynemouth Outdoor Pool is one of the most exciting community driven regeneration projects around.
“The money awarded will be used to cover essential early stage costs, and will also act as a vital catalyst to help attract additional financing from other funders.
“More importantly, it reinforces the growing confidence in the project at a local, regional and now national level.”
Beth Sedgwick, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: “There was a very high interest in the £3million Revival Fund, which received 222 bids, totalling £9million.
“With the funding three times oversubscribed, the Tynemouth Outdoor Pool project demonstrated it was one of the very best.”