Maldon Hythe is one of the 15 projects along the Great British Coast benefitting from a share of the £700,000 Coastal Revival Fund.
The projects – dotted across the country from Durham to Dorset – have been awarded up to £50,000 each to help restore local landmarks to their former glory.
It is hoped that the work will encourage a wave of enthusiasm for trips to our much-loved seaside areas – and help boost the £4 billion that tourism generates for coastal communities every year.
Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said:
“Across our Great British Coast we’ve got heritage hooks to be proud of, but some of these places need some tender, loving, care.
“That’s why over the past year we’ve invested £3.7million to get them back into ship-shape and now Maldon Hythe and 14 more brilliant British attractions will be buoyed up by work to restore them to their former glory.
“This country has sight-seeing gems that are a match for anywhere in the world and I’d urge people to take a trip down to the seaside to discover them.”
Spruced-up seaside sights
Maldon District Council will receive £50,000 to explore options for the regeneration of Maldon Hythe and its historic waterfront.
Local businesses, community groups, charities and residents of the waterfront area will work together to find the best way forward and produce a coherent plan of action.
Feasibility studies will be undertaken to find how best the town can attract tourists and promote its heritage highlights including the 15th century Hythe Quay, the Maldon Museum and St Mary’s Church.
Grants from this round of funding builds on the 77 projects awarded a share of £3m through the Coastal Revival Fund in December 2015 which includes renovation work on Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens.
The renovations to these much-loved venues – and the jobs and opportunity they create – are part of the wider government work to rebalance the economy and help all areas of the country thrive.
Through the Coastal Communities Fund £120 million has been invested in the last 3 years alone, protecting or creating up to 18,000 jobs. Analysis has shown that that money is well spent with every £1 invested having the potential to create an up to £8 boost to our coastal economies.