£500k boost brings new Clevedon Pier visitor centre a step closer
The new visitors’ centre planned for Clevedon Pier is a step closer after it was awarded funding by the Coastal Communities Fund.
The £500,000 – together with £720,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund – means there is now two-thirds of the funding in place for the new visitor and education centre.
The only grade-one listed pier in England which is still intact, Clevedon Pier is an icon of Victorian design.
Once finished, the town is expected to benefit from a sharp increase in visitor numbers.
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Schools will also be encouraged to explore the structure’s engineering and links with Brunel, the part it has played in the social history of Britain and the natural history of the Bristol Channel.
Simon Talbot-Ponsonby, chairman of Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, said: “This is fantastic news. It secures our ambition of providing excellent facilities for our visitors while also providing us with the means to become financially self-sufficient when it comes to carrying out all the essential maintenance needed on this beautiful pier.
“With the Heritage Lottery Grant awarded in December, we now have over two-thirds of the funding in place.
“We will make a final push to raise the last remaining funds needed so that we do not lose these grants.”
The centre already has planning permission and listed building consent and the support of English Heritage.