Council secures £550,000 boost to tackle eyesore and create jobs

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A £554,500 government grant has been secured by Canterbury City Council to get the regeneration of a key part of Herne Bay underway.

The money from the Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 (BLRF2) will be used to demolish the existing buildings on the Beach Street and Tivoli site and prepare the area to be built on in the future.

Work will begin in spring next year once the council has secured the services of a demolition contractor.

Cllr Barbara Anne Flack, Cabinet Member for Place with responsibility for regeneration said: “We recognise this area of Herne Bay has been an eyesore that has desperately needed to be tackled and, having bought the land some years ago, we welcome this cash from the government to help get buildings demolished and this site cleared.

“Doing so brings us much, much closer to an exciting new beginning for this part of Herne Bay with a new pedestrian route linking the town’s seafront and shopping streets along with new homes and commercial space that will provide jobs.

“This money for brownfield regeneration complements perfectly our recent  £14.6m bid to the government’s Levelling Up Fund which aims to restore our seafront assets such as the King’s Hall and the Bandstand while linking up parts of the town to help people walk and cycle much more easily.”

BLRF2 is a capital grant funding scheme available to all English councils. 

The programme targets council-owned small sites where viability issues have prevented their development and pays for:

  • site levelling, groundworks, demolition and remediation
  • the provision of small-scale infrastructure 
  • highway work or overcoming other access challenges
  • addressing environmental challenges

Published: 1 December 2022

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