REGENERATION NEWS: Blackpool secures lottery fund boost

The National Lottery has given plans to revive the UK's biggest seaside resort a £1 million boost.

Blackpool is one of six English resorts to benefit from £4.9 million of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF's) townscape heritage initiative, announced last week. The Blackpool grant will be spent on restoring the Victorian and Edwardian character of the Talbot Square area in the town's centre.

The resort's regeneration framework, published earlier this year, identified Talbot Square, which includes ten listed buildings, as a link between the seafront and parts of the town earmarked for new development.

The money will be spent on repairing and restoring 66 buildings, bringing 6,000 sq m of floorspace in historic buildings back into active use and improvements to 3,000 sq m of public space.

Other awards go to Ramsgate's historic seafront, rundown areas of Torbay's waterfront and a revamp of Penzance town centre. The fund has also earmarked £460,000 to regenerate the deprived maritime industrial area of Dovercourt in Essex and £750,000 to restore the Regency seaside town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

HLF director Carole Souter said: "Resorts play an important role in the UK's tourist economy. They are part of our collective heritage and provide happy holiday memories."

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