Government award for ambitious maritime project

Hull City Council has been awarded £50,000 from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund to support preparations for the Arctic Corsair’s move ahead of its major restoration.

As part of the £27.4million Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City transformation project, Hull’s last surviving sidewinder trawler will placed in to storage until late 2019 when she will receive a major conservation to secure her future. This funding will support the preparatory work including detailed surveys and inspections, mechanical and electrical checks which will inform our future approach.

Almost £1million (£993,479) of Coastal Revival Funding has been awarded to 25 projects to restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to communities up and down the Great British Coast.

There was a very high interest in the Coastal Revival Fund, which received 123 bids, totalling just over £5million. With the funding five times oversubscribed, our project demonstrated it was one of the very best.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “We’re delighted to have received this backing from the Coastal Revival Fund. This funding will support the vital work to prepare the historic trawler ahead of her move into storage next year, and full restoration.

“The trawler formed the backbone of the city’s deep sea fishing fleet. Her future restoration will form part of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City place-making project which will redevelop key heritage assets in the city.”

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick start the restoration of 25 important sites up and down our Great British coastline.

“From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair. The Coastal Communities Fund also helps regenerate our coastal communities and support them to grow by bringing these sites back to life and making them the focal points of their communities once more.

“It’s all part of our plan to invest nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas by 2020, providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities up and down the Great British Coast.”

Funding goes to projects over £50,000 that will ultimately lead to regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.

The full conservation of the Arctic Corsair is being funded by Hull City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It is part of the £27.4million Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City programme.

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