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Coastal heritage sites around the Great British Coast will be saved as 23 projects are to receive a share of almost £1million from the Coastal Revival Fund – including 2 here on the Isle of Wight.

The Coastal Revival Fund provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs, restoration and bring economic growth to coastal communities. It also supports large scale projects which are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect. 

Each project has been awarded up to £50,000 to help restore local community assets and landmarks to their former glory.

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On the Isle of Wight, a total of £30,000 has been awarded to a feasibility project in Sandown, which would revitalise the country’s first Henry Cotton-designed 1930s public golf course (Browns) and further work at a former ice-cream factory which has been repurposed as a hub for environmental science.

£12,690 has been granted to the Appley Tower Feasibility Study. Submitted by Ryde Coastal Community Team, the aim of this project is to undertake a feasibility study at the options for restoring and bringing Appley Tower into sustainable public use.

Bob Seely MP has today (Wednesday) said:

“Investment in coastal communities is vital to create jobs, investment and visitors to our island. I welcome government grants for these two projects and I hope this support will see them achieved.

“It is important ministers recognise the uniqueness and the challenges of being beside the sea and that they continue to invest so our coastal communities can meet those challenges and thrive.”

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Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry MP, said:  

“I’m proud to support these 23 magnificent projects from Ryde to Runcorn with investment from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund. Putting heritage at the heart of our coastal towns is an important way of attracting visitors and boosting our local economies.

“We’re determined to save these historic landmarks for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations while delivering on our promise to invest over a quarter of a billion pounds into the Great British Coast by 2020.”

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