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£1m to revive British coastal heritage

Rock Gardens, Ramsgate

The government has pledged almost £1 million to a coastal revival fund that aims to restore coastal landmarks and promote economic growth in communities around the British coastline.

Six sites which are classed as ‘at risk’ by Historic England and a further 25 projects will receive a share of the new round of funding.

Since 2015, the coastal revival fund has invested £4.7 million in 117 projects to preserve and restore coastal heritage. The scheme aims to revive landmarks and areas that have been neglected and have not reached their full potential.

Deborah Lamb, deputy chief executive of Historic England, said: ”Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas.”

The six ‘at risk’ projects chosen by Historic England are:

  • Northwood House Rotunda on the Isle of Wight

  • a former Ice Factory in Grimsby

  • an Elizabethan House in Plymouth

  • an historic artillery Fort in Essex

  • a Miners Chapel in the heart of the community in St. Just, Penwith

  • the iconic Rock Gardens of Ramsgate.

Among the other projects to receive funding are the repair of Whitehaven’s two 19th century lighthouses and the refurbishment of seven grade II listed esplanade shelters in Weymouth.

Coastal communities minister, Jake Berry MP, said: ”The coastal revival fund 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.

“It’s all part of our plan to invest nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas by 2020, providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities up and down the Great British Coast.”

Image credit | Pam Fray