Photo: Councillor David Barton in front of the promenade railings
A Southport Councillor seeks Funding Help from Westminster
Councillor David Barton has held urgent meetings with the planning department in relation to the issue of the promenade railings.
He has revealed he has had talks with central government about ways in which the renovation of the railings – and other historic buildings – can be funded.
Councillor Barton contacted Brandon Lewis MP, who is the Minister for Housing and Planning at Westminster.
He said: “Mark Francois MP who is the Minister for Local Government replied on behalf of Mr Lewis saying there were a number of possible sources of funding.
“I have passed these onto the relevant departments at the council and I would urge any business owners and residents who feel their building could qualify for funding to contact me as soon as possible.
“There are strict deadlines for applications and of course there are certain criteria, but funding may be available to businesses or individuals who could be unaware their building qualifies.
“Funding can range from The Heritage Lottery Fund which runs two grant programmes designed to give buildings and heritage assets a new lease of life.
“On top of those there is a Funds for Historic Buildings programme.
“However I think there is a good chance the railings restoration could qualify for a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund and I am in talks with the council about the best way to approach this.
“Hopefully we will have some progress soon.”
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