Morecambe Lido redevelopment could bring £1.4m to the town
The Bay Arena in Morecambe is one of 15 projects along the British Coast set to benefit from a share of £700,000.
Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois has announced that the projects – dotted across the country from Durham to Dorset – have been awarded up to £50,000 each to help restore local landmarks to their former glory.
Lancaster City Council will use the cash for the former lido in Morecambe, turning it into a venue for festivals, arts and leisure.
The council says if the development results in just a 0.1 per cent increase in visitor numbers, it could result in an extra £1.4m being spent in the local area.
Mr Francois, said: “Across our Great British Coast we’ve got heritage hooks to be proud of, but some of these places need some tender, loving, care.
“That’s why over the past year we’ve invested £3.7million to get them back into ship-shape and now the Bay Arena and 14 more brilliant British attractions will be buoyed up by work to restore them to their former glory.
“This country has sight-seeing gems that are a match for anywhere in the world and I’d urge people to take a trip down to the seaside to discover them.”
Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member with responsibility for planning and regeneration, said: “This fantastic early news on our application for Coastal Revival Funding will allow us to start planning a new lease of life for Morecambe’s former Dome/Bubbles site as a leisure and recreational area that every member of the community can enjoy and be proud of.
“It is hoped that the start of the restoration works this Autumn will mark the beginning of a series of transformational projects that will add to the vitality of both this area and the surrounding Central Promenade.”