Bognor Regis has been awarded £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund to help fund the creation of a new Heritage Quarter in the Old Town around Norfolk Street, including the Grade II listed pier. The funding will help to transform a neglected part of the town.
The Heritage Quarter was also awarded £10,000 through the Coastal Communities Team fund in July this year. The successful Coastal Revival Fund bid was written in partnership with Arun District Council, and the money will be shared between the Bognor Pier Trust and the Old Town Working Group.
It will enable Bognor Pier Trust to commission all the specialist services they need to make a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to bring the structure of the pier up to modern standards while enhancing the heritage features. This will provide the foundation for future ambitious plans to restore the pier back to its former glory.
Paul Wells, Chairman of the Bognor Pier Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding. Generations of tourists remember visiting the pier when they came to Bognor for their seaside holiday. This money will help us with our aim of restoring the pier so future holidaymakers will have similar memories to share.”
There was a lot of interest in the Coastal Revival Fund, with three times as many bids than available funding, demonstrating the strength of the Bognor Regis application.