Millions to redesign and restore English seafronts

More than £4.5 million of grants will help redesign 12 English seaside towns in the latest round of funding from the Government's Sea Change programme.

Sea Change funding awarded yesterday (21 October) will see promenades restored, spectacular beach-front redesigns and new exhibition spaces created.

This is the second round of grants to be awarded in the first year of the £45 million, three-year Department for Culture Media and Sport-funded programme.

The Sea Change programme is being led by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

In August, the first large grant awards were confirmed for Blackpool, Torbay and Dover.

The funding announced yesterday is for the smaller open application grants which can be up to £1 million.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: "What all the projects share is a desire to use the combination of culture and good design as a catalyst for regeneration.

"From Boscombe to Berwick, resorts are recapturing their innovation and creativity and will hopefully inspire many others to follow."

A £1 million grant for Berwick-upon-Tweed will help restore the iconic 18th century Dewar's Lane Granary building as an exhibition space and youth hostel.

Bexhill-on-Sea will also receive £1 million to continue the next stage of their successful seafront improvement scheme, and a £480,800 grant for Littlehampton will help with major design-led improvements along the seafront.  A further nine projects will also receive funding.

Awards made in this round of funding were:

Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council - Berwick £1,000,000
Rother District Council - Bexhill-on-sea   £1,000,000
Arun District Council - Littlehampton  £480,800
Devon County Council - Teignmouth  £376,676
Bournemouth Borough Council - Boscombe  £455,000
North Somerset Council - Weston-Super-Mare £951,447
Torridge District Council - Westwood Ho!  £100,000
North Tyneside Council - North Tyneside  £29,525
Wyre Borough Council - Fleetwood   £30,000
Thanet District Council - Margate   £30,000
North Devon Council - Ilfracombe   £30,000
East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Withernsea £30,000

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