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Funding Secured For Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens

Funding Secured For Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 10:30am 15th January 2019. (Updated at 11:49am 15th January 2019)

Funding has been secured to redevelop the South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough.

Almost £5million has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will go the Friends of South Cliff Gardens, the community group which looks after them. 

The money will go into tidying up the gardens as they've become overgrown in recent years. Other bits of work that will be carried out include;  restoring numerous historic features, including the ‘Italian steps’, historic shelter buildings, a clock-tower, a pedestrian tunnel, railings, fencing, benches, footpaths and walls will also be restored, and a new family hub area and operations centre will be installed.

David Auton is Chair of the South Cliff Community group, he said:

"We knew the judges had made a decision on December 11 and we were told the announcement was going to be just before Christmas, then early January, and here we are on 15 January and the result is now out.

We now know we've got that £4.66million, absolutely fantastic."

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The £4.66m from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be supplemented by additional funds from the Borough Council and the fundraising efforts of the community group meaning the overall project will cost around £7m.

Contractors will now be appointed to start the initial phases of the work in March.

Adrian Perry is from Friends of South Cliff Gardens, he said:

"It's going to make a fantastic difference. The Friends were formed in 2006 and we knew as soon as we formed as a group that we had a tremendous task because we've got a garden where every bit of it is over 100 years old. 

All the paths and everything else needed restructuring."

John Williams is a committee member on the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire & Humber, he explains why they decided to back the South Cliff Gardens application.

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