ERYC lands Heritage Lottery Fund investment for Bridlington Quay

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has secured a second stage grant of £930,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Bridlington Quay Townscape Heritage (TH) project,

Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will restore and enhance part of Bridlington Quay Conservation Area (BQCA), to help ensure the area’s built heritage is conserved for future generations.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be contributing up to £499,050, which, together with private contributions, will bring the total level of investment in the Bridlington Quay area to just under £3 million.

The project will see a capital grant scheme for targeted historic buildings within the TH area over the next four years. In addition to the property improvement grants, there will be a number of other strands to the TH project.

These include:

  • a programme of activities and training over the four years celebrating Bridlington’s seaside history and building more involvement in heritage
  • improved hard landscaping to Garrison Square, including paving, lighting and street furniture
  • more pro-active management of the conservation area.

These improvements will benefit the local economy by increasing private sector investor confidence and creating a more desirable town centre, build local skills in conservation and heritage techniques and increase participation in heritage through a public engagement programme.

This project represents another element of the regeneration plans for Bridlington. This will ensure that the whole area becomes more attractive for business and create a stronger and unified town centre.

Over the last few centuries, the Bridlington Quay area grew from a small fishing harbour to a vibrant seaside leisure resort and its buildings reflect this history. The TH project aims to celebrate this history and improve the area for the next generation.

Commenting on the award, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has continued to support the Bridlington Quay Townscape Heritage project. We now look forward to implementing our plans to regenerate an historic part of Bridlington for the benefit of its residents and to support and grow the local economy.”

Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance, said: “This award is another big step forward for the regeneration of Bridlington town centre. One of the strengths of our bid was the fantastic support we received from local business and organisations. We are looking forward to continuing to work with our partners to improve Bridlington Quay Conservation Area and celebrate Bridlington’s unique heritage.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “HLF investment goes well beyond the bricks and mortar of a building. THI schemes can help boost local economies, not only by improving how they look and feel, but by prompting business and boosting the sense of pride in an area. We’re pleased to support East Riding Council in celebrating and restoring the historic Bridlington Quay.”

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