£500k Historic England grant to boost Weston-super-Mare – but Birnbeck Pier is ‘not included’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:55 13 December 2016

Birnbeck Pier will not be included within Weston-super-Mare's new Heritage Action Zone.

Birnbeck Pier will not be included within Weston-super-Mare's new Heritage Action Zone.


Fresh new life is set to be breathed into some of Weston’s oldest buildings and public spaces, thanks to funding from Historic England worth £500,000.

The town will soon be turned into an area known as a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), which will allow North Somerset Council to work alongside Historic England to regenerate historic buildings, organise community events and celebrate the town’s rich heritage.

These action zones can only be set up in areas which are deemed to be of historical importance, with the potential for important areas and buildings to be improved. They have previously transformed areas of the country such as Margate, in Kent, and it is hoped such success will be replicated in Weston.

Council leader Nigel Ashton said Historic England had accepted a bid of about £500,000 in funding from the authority, and he said the money would go a long way in helping Weston’s regeneration progress.

Cllr Ashton said: “We will now be working closely with Historic England to set up an HAZ partnership team and prepare a detailed delivery programme and plan.

“We are the only successful HAZ bid in the South West and the aim is to launch the zone next April.”

A council spokesman said the zone was expected to cover Weston town centre, but no specific buildings, spaces or further funding opportunities had yet been agreed.

However, the council was able to confirm one of the town’s most prominent – and needy – buildings will not be included.

The spokesman said: “The Heritage Action Zone does not include Birnbeck Pier, as this is very much a complete programme all to itself due to all the separate issues including the sheer scale, complexity and timescales involved.”

Historic England said the zone would enable the organisation to work alongside North Somerset to rapidly improve certain areas of Weston.

Andrew Vines is Historic England’s regional planning director for the South West. He said: “The creation of a Heritage Action Zone in Weston provides the opportunity to revitalise the town’s historic buildings and public spaces as part of the wider regeneration work of North Somerset Council.

“We look forward to working with the council to develop the programme and to secure funding for change that puts heritage at the heart of the town.”

More from Weston Mercury

6 minutes ago

An art exhibition dedicated to anti-bullying will take place in Weston-super-Mare later this year.

Read more

A new theatre show will take Weston by storm as Irish river dancers take to the stage.

Read more

An open day in Worle gave people the chance to have their say on what they would like to see happen and improved where they live.

Read more

A Berrow woman is searching for the family who taught her to walk and talk after she was evacuated to North Somerset in World War Two.

Read more

A kingfisher which suffered a nasty head trauma is set to return to the wild after being treated at a rescue charity.

Read more

The war memorial in Worle has been refurbished in time for the commemoration of World War One in November.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Weston’s Playhouse will host Fastlove – A Tribute To George Michael, and the Mercury is giving readers a chance to win tickets to see the show.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:42

Emergency crews have freed a man who was trapped in a car after it careered into a stone wall.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A shortage of telephone equipment and vandalism made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the September 20 edition.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A new Costa Coffee drive-thru is opening at a service station along the M5.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists