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Government pledges £3 million for seaside restoration work

Government pledges £3 million for seaside restoration work

The UK government has announced it will be investing £3 million in a series of construction and restorative projects that are set to transform Britain's seaside towns.Blackpool's Winter Gardens, Brighton's Madeira Drive, the Redoubt fortress at Eastbourne and Shoalstone Pool in Brixton are among the sites that will be benefiting from a makeover thanks to the funding, the Department for Communities and Local Government revealed earlier this week.Some of the money will also go towards the construction and restoration work that is needed to reopen the Grade II-listed Paignton Picture House and Whitby West Pier Lighthouse - both of which are not currently safe for the public to access.The government has recognised that it would be a shame to lose these historic landmarks, as they are a popular draw for local people and tourists alike.In light of this, communities minister Brandon Lewis announced that 77 projects across the UK are set to benefit from a portion of the £3 million pot that is being granted under the Coastal Revival Fund.Prime minister David Cameron explained that it is important for these seaside landmarks to be restored, as the huge value of the nation's tourism industry is contributing significantly to the country's economic recovery.Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, commented: "Many of the projects which will be funded through the Coastal Revival Fund will help to conserve our special coastal heritage."The historic buildings and places around our shores tell the story of our nation, from fishing ports and defensive structures to pleasure beaches and parks."What's more, the government believes that the restoration projects could attract up to £30 million in both public and private investment over the next few years, while as many as 1,500 construction jobs will be created as work gets underway.This announcement follows on from the Conservative pledge that was made earlier this year to create 118 Coastal Community Teams, who will be responsible for encouraging businesses, local authorities and volunteer groups to devise strategies for the long-term preservation of Britain's seaside towns and villages. 

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