Quay set for major upgrade

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council has secured the first stage of a £981,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop a project to restore and enhance the Bridlington Quay Conservation Area.

The initial award of £50,700 will contribute to the cost of developing the project, over the next 12 months, to a level where it will be considered for the delivery stage, funding up to a total of £981,500 under the HLF’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be contributing up to £449,000 and property owners will be required to provide a level of match funding.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council welcomes the announcement by the HLF, which will allow this authority to continue with its plans to regenerate Bridlington.

“The project builds on the success of a previous scheme that the council operated between 2006 and 2008, which targeted tourism related businesses. Eighty three grants, totalling £400,000, were awarded and matched with private investment to enable property improvements and support one of Bridlington’s important industry sectors.”

The improvements will benefit the local economy by increasing private investor confidence and creating a more desirable town centre.

A training and skills programme will also run alongside the physical conservation programme in order to develop the local work force.

This project will enrich the strategy to regenerate Bridlington, which focuses on an area of comprehensive redevelopment running from the town’s railway station to the harbour, and target the properties within the part of Bridlington Quay Conservation Area which overlaps with the redevelopment area. This will ensure that the whole area becomes attractive for business and create a stronger and unified town centre.

Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance, said: “This award is another big step forward for the regeneration of Bridlington town centre. We are looking forward to continuing to work with our partners to improve the Quay Conservation area and celebrate Bridlington’s unique heritage.”

Ben Greener, HLF’s regeneration advisor, said: “We believe that historic townscapes such as Bridlington Quay are the beating heart of local places. Past Heritage Lottery Fund research shows that even small changes, such as improving shop fronts or restoring a building’s historic features, can make a real difference.”