Grants to improve resort’s ‘heritage’

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Nearly £1m is set to be spent doing up “heritage” buildings in an East Coast town.

Funding of £981,500 from East Riding Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used on shops, offices and homes in King Street, Cliff Street, Marlborough Terrace and Garrison Square, Bridlington.

Property owners will be able to get up to 50 per cent grants for improvements, and possibly more for “high-priority” buildings and to address poor shop fronts. There will be a cap of £100,000 on projects.

The streets fall within Bridlington Quay Conservation Area, which is rated as being in a “very bad” condition on English Heritage’s At Risk Register.

The project, which will start in earnest in 2016, aims to increase demand for conservation skills and the council, which secured its initial £50,700 award today, will be working with training providers like East Riding College to create a local “skills pool”.

Ben Greener, from the HLF, said: “Research shows that even small changes, such as improving shop fronts or restoring a building’s historic features can make a real difference.”

Locals will be able to find out more in a series of talks, demonstrations and tours.