Bids invited for £3m coastal revamp funds

Minister Mark Francois
Minister Mark Francois

A government minister is urging communities to lodge bids with a £3m coastal fund to help rejuvenate and regenerate seaside resorts.

Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “From historic piers, seafronts to lidos our coastal towns are awash with striking icons which we want to celebrate but may have fallen into neglect and disuse over time.

From historic piers, seafronts to lidos our coastal towns are awash with striking icons which we want to celebrate but may have fallen into neglect and disuse over time

Mark Francois

“I urge communities to bid for this £3m Coastal Revival funding ahead of the deadline so they can kick-start restoration work and drive further investments so these icons can be restored to their full potential.”

It’s hoped the cash will be used to revive economies.

The fund will also act as a catalyst to drive additional financing from the private and charitable sectors.

The Coastal Communities Fund has already invested some £120m in more than 220 projects across the UK to help seaside towns diversify their economy to be year round success stories.

Applications for the Coastal Revival Fund close on September 14 and are open to England only.

Interested parties should register their interest on ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk