Grant funding to improve disabled access at The Hub

LYME Regis Development Trust (LRDT) has received £24,500 to make The Hub fully accessible for wheelchair users. 

The trust received the grant from the Coastal Revival Fund, introduced in 2015-16 to help coastal areas to bring at risk heritage and community assets back into economic use.

Funding has been awarded to 25 projects in coastal areas to help revive sites of significance and bring economic growth to coastal communities.

The grant will allow for the main entrance to The Hub in Church Street, managed by LRDT, to be made fully accessible for wheelchair and mobility users.

LRDT chief executive Terri Tipping commented: “We are privileged to have been successful with this bid. This will enhance the accessibility to The Hub which will not only be of benefit to our customers, but also to our groups who use the building.

“Over the last 36 months, helped by the previous Coastal Revival Fund grants, LRDT has invested heavily in The Hub to improve facilities and help with its long term sustainability.

“Conscious of the difficult physical situation as a result of its original design, this proposed project will transform the ease of access to our ground floor cafe, toilets and accessible shower room. The integral lift then provides easy access to the upper floor where users can enjoy the sports hall

“We are planning to start the works early 2019.”

Deborah Lamb, deputy chief executive of Historic England, said: “We welcome news of funding to help save at-risk historic buildings and places in our seaside towns and villages, so that they can be brought back into use for the benefit of local communities.

“Restoring local gems can attract investment and help to tackle the deprivation that is a problem in a number of our coastal areas. There are great examples of restoration projects in our seaside towns, often bringing together the private, public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. This funding will inspire more.”

Since 2015, The Coastal Revival Fund has provided £4.7 million to support 117 such projects successful projects which has helped unlock the economic potential of hard-to-tackle buildings, facilities and amusements such as piers, lidos and promenades.

This year, each project was able to bid for up to £50,000 of funding to help identify a new role for iconic buildings and structures in need of restoration.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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