Residents urged to back lottery bid

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 November 2013

Clevedon Marine Lake: Proposals showing the model boat pool, raised picnic area, shower shelter and new pontoons

Clevedon Marine Lake: Proposals showing the model boat pool, raised picnic area, shower shelter and new pontoons

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THE Clevedon community is being urged to back a bid for lottery funding to revitalise the town’s Marine Lake by pledging some of its own money to the project.

Clevedon Marine Lake: Proposals for a new launching ramp and toddler paddling poolClevedon Marine Lake: Proposals for a new launching ramp and toddler paddling pool

Marine Lake enthusiasts group, MARLENS, and North Somerset Council have been compiling a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the hope of gaining more than £500,000 towards repairs and new facilities at the seafront attraction.

Now, residents are being called on to show their support by pledging an amount toward the £1million project.

To be awarded lottery funding, applicants must demonstrate their project is also supported by local people.

MARLENS chairman Joe Norman said: “If we can raise £20,000 through pledges from local people this will give a huge boost to the lottery bid we are making with North Somerset Council.

“Will you show you care by pledging to contribute £10, £20, £50, £100 or more towards saving and improving our Marine Lake?

“We would not want the money until the project is ready to start, which could be May 2015 if all goes well, but we do need to know about the pledge.”

The bid for funding will be submitted this month and a decision on it is expected in March.

If funding is approved, improvements to the lake would include a new paddling pool, beach huts, ramps on to the promenade and into the water, and sea wall repairs.

If work can start in May 2015, it is hoped it will be complete within three months.

Pledges for the lake can be made by emailing info@marlens.org.uk, calling 01275 877180 or by post to Marlens Pledge, Newton House, 25 Hill Road, Clevedon, BS21 7NE. Each pledge should include a name, the amount and how that person can be contacted.


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