Pot of cash could be used to boost Portsmouth venues

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A £3m pot of cash which could be used to help improve Portsmouth’s landmarks is up for grabs.

Coastal minister Penny Mordaunt has today set up the coastal communities heritage revival fund to restore attractions and create jobs.

And the Portsmouth North MP believes the organisations behind the running of Hilsea Lido and South Parade Pier could benefit from bidding for a slice of the fund.

She said: ‘Over the last year I’ve been looking at all the piers, lidos and promenades across the country, including our own here in Portsmouth.

‘We have already managed to regenerate a lot of heritage assets through the Coastal Communities Fund, but some places were not yet off the ground owing to some particularly complex challenges.

‘I wanted to create a fund that would unlock our country’s seaside heritage and enable other public, private, lottery and third sector resources to be accessed.’

Ms Mordaunt has also announced the creation of ‘coastal community teams’ with organisations being able to apply for £10,000 to get them started.

She said having one in Portsmouth would provide ‘a hub for the businesses, social enterprise and community groups we have in our city.’