St Annes Pier has won a £50,000 share of the Government’s £1m Coastal Revival Fund which supports the restoration of historic buildings and coastal assets.
The bid, put forward by Fylde Council and St Annes Pier Company and supported by St Annes Enterprise Partnership, will go towards five specific aspects which will be completed by the end of March. These aspects are:
• Assistance with restoration of the structural steelwork.
• Enhancing the forecourt under the canopy with new paving
• A contribution to the conversion of one of the historic pavilions into an extension to the deckhouse café
• 4 Victorian lighting columns along the open deck of the pier
• A feasibility study looking at the creation of an exhibition about the history of the pier and St Annes
The pier has been welcoming visitors since 1885 and was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage in 1973. Today it is still incredibly popular and includes an amusement arcade, café and seaside shops.
Paul Drinnan, Regeneration and Design Manager at Fylde Council, said ‘’We are delighted with the award of this grant and this is totally warranted. The trustees of the Pier invest significant sums of money to keep the Pier in a good state of repair, much of which goes unnoticed since it relates to the structure of The Pier.
“This grant will support some of this work but also help enhance its appearance particularly helping with the restoration of the small pavilion, works to the forecourt and the lighting scheme. The former Pier did have Victorian lighting columns along its length and we are looking to replicate as far as we can the character of this former feature along the open sections of the deck.”
The Coastal Revival Fund, now in its third year, provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration. 123 bids in total were received and St Annes Pier is one of 25 that were successful.
Deborah Lamb, Deputy Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “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.”