The Pier in Southport is set to benefit from a significant cash boost to make improvements to the popular tourist attraction.
Sefton Council has secured an additional £2 million, thanks to an award from the coastal community fund, to carry out important repairs and maintenance on the oldest cast iron pier in the country.
Planned works will include extensive structural repairs, improvements to the end pavilion, the creation of new retail units, easier access to the beach, and improvements to the railings on Marine Lake.
The overall project will deliver over £2.9 million worth of improvements creating additional jobs, increasing visitor numbers and securing Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.
Phil Cresswell, Head of Regeneration and Housing, said: ‘We are delighted to have received this funding from the coastal community fund. The grant will allow us to deliver significant improvements with added features and attractions, along with better accessibility for more people to enjoy the Pier.
“All of this will be supported by a comprehensive visitor welcome package that allows us to showcase the Pier as a main focal point of Southport.”
The coastal community fund, managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, is designed to support economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs. Southport is one of 33 projects in England to receive funding at this stage.
The Pier project is included as part of the Southport Development Framework, receiving this grant enables us to make a start and attract further inward investment, this shows that Sefton is open for business with a continued focus on growing the visitor economy.