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Funding awarded to revive Torbay's treasured assets

24th March 2016

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The Paignton Picture House and Shoalstone Revival projects have been awarded in the region of £50,000 each.

Torbay’s Coastal Community Teams successfully landed funding from the Coastal Revival Fund to breathe life into these assets.

Gordon Oliver, Elected Mayor of Torbay, said: “The formation of the Coastal Community Teams has strengthened our position to secure vital funding for local projects. Together we can support the regeneration of our town centres and tap into our local heritage, making the most of our stunning seaside assets.

“Paignton Picture House and Shoalstone Pool are superb assets to Torbay and I look forward to their full revival. This will increase the attractiveness of Torbay for residents and visitors.”

The purpose of the Revival Fund is to kick-start the revival of at-risk heritage sites that have the potential to create opportunities for new businesses and jobs.

Applications for funding detailed the key priorities for the coastal area and the community and economic benefits that would be seen from its revival.

Project Lead for Shoalstone Revival Fund, Sheila Andrews, said: “This is such great news for Brixham and Torbay. This project will breathe new life into Shoalstone Pool, a unique art-deco saltwater lido overlooking the sea in beautiful Brixham. The funding will secure its future as a top-class destination for locals and tourists alike.

Paul Hawthorne, Chairman of Paignton Picture House, said: “This funding will enable us to reopen the much-loved Paignton Picture House to the public for the first time in over 16 years. It will allow the community to fully engage in the planned full restoration of one of Paignton’s outstanding heritage assets.

118 Coastal Community Teams were created last year and given a share of £1.18m to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

The local economic plans submitted to Government by the teams cover areas including housing, business opportunities, jobs and skills, health and civic pride.

Coastal Community Teams are just one of a number of initiatives launched by the government to boost the Great British Coast.

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