Coastal projects

25 coastal projects secure almost £1m of funding

Some 25 coastal projects have received almost £1m of coastal revival funding from the government.


The fund – which is now in its third year – provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration.

It also supports large-scale projects which are important to local communities, but haven’t yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect.

Six of the successful projects include grant funding for sites which are classed as ‘at risk’ by Historic England: Northwood House Rotunda on the Isle of Wight, a former ice factory in Grimsby, an Elizabethan house in Plymouth, a historic artillery fort in Essex, a miners’ chapel in the heart of the community in St Just in Penwith and the Rock Gardens of Ramsgate.

Other successful projects include:

  • Whitehaven lighthouses – a fund of £39,700 will see the repair and protection of two iconic 19th-century lighthouses at the entrance to Whitehaven Harbour.
  • Weymouth esplanade shelters – a fund of £50,000 will support the complete refurbishment of seven Grade II-listed esplanade shelters in Weymouth.
  • Arnside viaduct: connecting coastal communities – a fund of £50,000 will connect coastal communities through a new foot/cycle bridge across Arnside viaduct.
  • Withernsea pier towers restoration programme – a fund of £48,600 will help to restore two historic Withernsea pier towers preserving and enabling them to become a natural focal point for the town to use in a wide range of social and community events.

“We welcome news of funding to help save at risk historic buildings and places in our seaside towns and villages, so that they can be brought back into use for the benefit of local communities,” said Deborah Lamb, deputy chief executive at Historic England.

“Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas.

“There are great examples of restoration projects in our seaside towns, often bringing together the private, public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors.

“This funding will inspire more.”

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