DCLG awards scenic restoration funding

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has awarded funding to projects across England, to help restore local landmarks to their former glory.

The projects have been awarded up to £50,000 each to encourage a wave of enthusiasm for trips to seaside areas, and help boost the £4 billion that has been generated through tourism for coastal communities every year.

Commenting on the move, Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “Across our Great British Coast we’ve got heritage hooks to be proud of, but some of these places need some tender, loving, care. That’s why over the past year we’ve invested £3.7 million to get them back into ship-shape and now 15 more brilliant British attractions will be buoyed up by work to restore them to their former glory.

“This country has sight-seeing gems that are a match for anywhere in the world and I’d urge people to take a trip down to the seaside to discover them.”

Project set to receive funding include: the Churches Conservation Trust in Kent will provide access to the tower of St Peter’s Church Sandwich offering a birds-eye view over one of the most complete medieval townscapes in England; Illfracombe Museum in Devon will protect and preserve its unique collection of Victorian curiosities right on the seafront; and Maryport Coastal Community Team in Cumbria will brighten up its local lighthouse, getting it back into working order and putting the spotlight on Maryport as a tourist destination.

In addition Ryde town council on the Isle of Wight will revitalise its western gardens, creating an arts and performance area, around Ryde pier; South Shields council will develop options to help link tourist trails on the South Shields peninsula from historic sites like the Arbeia Roman Fort to the forthcoming North East Centre for the Written Word - The Word; and Lancaster city council will give a new lease of life to a disused lido in Morecambe and turn into a welcome venue for festivals, arts and leisure.