St Annes Pier
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Funding bid to restore St Annes Pier

Fylde Council has put in a funding bid for the restoration of the grade two-listed St Annes Pier, as part of the Government’s wider Coastal Revival Fund.

The bid put forward by St Annes Enterprise Partnership, along with the St Annes Pier Company and supported by the council, will support long-term maintenance of the pier’s structure, and reinstatement of one of the historic pavilions.

There will also be structural repairs and maintenance to existing buildings on the pier, which dates to 1885, and also exploring the feasibility of providing a museum of local history at the site. The council is also looking to provide public realm and paving enhancements to the front of the pier.

It is estimated renewing steel pier supports will cost £37,000 over the next year, and a further £60,000 over the coming years.

The bid has also been backed by Lytham St Annes Civic Society and Blackpool Council, which said: “A coastline that boasts four attractive and active pleasure piers can expect to sustain the heritage offer for visitors who will wish to visit both town’s piers”.

In total, the council has bid for £48,100 of funding, which would be part of a larger pot including other council money and funding from the Pier Company to help restore the structure.

The Pier Company has agreed to put in a package of £58,400, bringing the total restoration and improvement cost up to £106,500 in the next 12 months.

Fylde Council is set to agree to administer the grant funding, should it be successful, at a meeting next week.

The Government’s Coastal Revival Fund, announced in May this year, provides a £1m pot for coastal community projects.

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As a kid I remember the theatre and winter gardens. Very happy memories coming onnthe bus from Glasgow. Would be wonderful to see a new pavilion I still visit once a year. I ran major advertising agencies for over 30 years Maybe I could help ?

By Alan Fraser