Sefton Council is pushing forward with a £1.7m bid for National Lottery Heritage money to support its plans to integrate Southport town with its seafront, a project which was previously rejected for funding in 2016.
In this latest application, Sefton has made it through the first round of bids and is through to the second stage, where the Southport Townscape Heritage Project will compete against other projects nationally to win funding. The result will be announced in September.
The project focuses on areas between Lord Street and the Promenade linking the town centre and the seafront. In 2006, HLF funding was used to restore King’s Gardens, restoring properties in Nevill Street, Seabank Road and Scarisbrick Avenue. In 2017, the pier received £2m from the Coastal Communities Fund.
The goal is to increase economic activity in the area, and reduce the number of vacant or underused properties.
The total combined funding pot for the scheme is £2.5m, which would include £1.62m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for planning and building control, said: “Since we submitted our first round bid, a lot of work has been undertaken to fully develop the project including the adoption of the Conservation Area Management Plan, discussions with building owners, building property surveys and valuations, further public consultation and workshops with project partners.
“If approved we really believe the money will enhance the links between Lord Street and the Promenade reducing the vacant and poorly maintained properties and greatly increasing economic activity in these areas.
“The project also aims to increase local knowledge and appreciation of Southport’s rich heritage and inspire future generations featuring specialist educational courses on traditional building methods, the innovative use of digital technology, as well as a mix of complementary heritage-focused activities.”
If successful the project will be delivered over the next five years up until 2024.