Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has welcomed the announcement from the Government that The Jolly Roger Project, at Clacton Pier, is to receive a grant of £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund.

Submitted by Clacton Pier Company, the aim of this project is to revive the 1893 Pier Pavilion and bring the iconic structure back to life as a modern entertainment, leisure, sports and community venue. This is one of twenty-three Coastal Revival Fund applications that will receive a grant during this found of funding, bringing the total number of supported projects to forty-eight.

This Coastal Revival Fund round will support projects to help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect. Examples of eligible sites and assets include seafronts and public squares, as well as piers, parks, promenades, lighthouses, lidos, marinas, military structures and so on. This also builds on the Government’s intention to deliver a landmark sector deal for the UK tourism industry, which will attract more domestic and overseas visitors, and help drive major economic growth.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said:

“It is exciting to see money from the Coastal Revival Fund help bring our wonderful coastal historic assets back into economic use. This is so important in demonstrating our support to coastal communities in their efforts to bring sustainable economic regeneration to their towns.”

Giles said:

“Clacton Pier is a local asset that could be doing more to bring tourists, and prosperity into our area. I am pleased that the Government has recognised that, and I would like to thank the Clacton Pier Company for lodging this bid for funding. I look forward to visiting the revived Pier Pavilion when it is complete.”