We had the fantastic news that the Coastal Revival Fund has granted the pier £50,000 which can be used very quickly to commence work on restoring and developing the pier.
This fund is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of its national initiative to provide economic development to coastal areas for “The Great British Coast.”
The publicity for awarding millions of pounds in grant aid all around the British Coastline says ” The fund will support projects to help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full potential or are facing neglect.”
That is a very accurate description of 1235 year old Shotley Pier, and fits very well with the Babergh District Council giving priority to encouraging tourism and leisure on the Shotley peninsula.
Another funder immediately let us know they could consider “matching” the grant raised, so we have now applied to them for more money !