Target date set for seafront revamp

A �1.3MILLION project to overhaul Clevedon’s seafront could be completed as early as summer 2013.

An outline bid for funding has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a scheme aimed at rejuvenating the Victorian seafront from the Marine Lake round to the bandstand and on to Pier Copse.

The �1million bid includes an overview of proposals to show how the money could be used and has been submitted by North Somerset Council, which expects to hear back on it’s success in June.

If allowed to progress to the next stage, the proposals will be developed and put forward in much greater detail in February 201. The council team would expect to be notified in June 2012 whether the money will be given to the project and it is then hoped the transformation could be completed by August 2013.

The scheme could see work carried out on the seawall at Marine Lake to make it water tight, the garden opposite Clevedon’s Pier known as Pier Copse could be enhanced with new seating, railings and better access and the bandstand could be refurbished.

There is also the possibility that the children’s paddling pool at Marine Lake could be improved and reopened.

The scheme would see the access around the seafront improved and better signage installed.

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North Somerset Council natural environment manager John Flannigan said: “We have been concerned about the condition of the seawall for a while now and have been looking at our options about how to address it.

“We have also been preparing a management plan for the whole of the sea front and have picked up on some of the wider issues such as condition of the bandstand.

“It seemed sensible to try and address all these things at once and the Parks for People lottery fund is ideally suited for this purpose.

“When people visit Clevedon seafront they tend to use the whole site so we don’t see our future management as focusing on individual parts but see it as a whole.”

As part of the funding for the project, North Somerset Council is required to put forward 10 per cent, which will be made up of match funding as well as volunteer contributions of help.