FOUR projects in the South West are among 25 nationwide awarded almost a million pound of Coastal Revival Funding.

The fund is used to help restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to communities up and down Great British.

Plymouth’s The Elizabethan House and a Miners Chapel in the heart of St Just are two of six sites on the list classed as ‘at risk’ by Historic England.

The two other successful sites awarded funding in the South West are Weymouth’s Esplanade Shelters and The Hub in Lyme Regis.

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said:  “It’s fantastic to be able to kick start the restoration of 25 important sites up and down our Great British coastline.

“From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair. The Coastal Revival Fund also 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.”

Deborah Lamb, Deputy Chief Executive of Historic England, added: “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.

“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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