£700,000 to restore coastal landmarks

Projects around the country have been awarded a share of £700,000 to restore coastal landmarks to their former glory.

15 projects across the country have been awarded up to £50,000 each to restore local sites such as lighthouses and lidos along the Great British Coast.

Communities Minister Mark Francois announced the projects and said he hopes the work will encourage more trips to the seaside areas, offering a boost to coastal economies.

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.”