Worthing has secured £48,500 from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund to kick-start a five year renovation programme for the town’s iconic Pavilion Theatre.
The grant comes shortly after Worthing Council announced plans to hand over the running of four Worthing venues to a charitable trust. The Council said a focused trust will give the theatres and museum greater commercial freedom and wider access to funding, and will help to regenerate Worthing’s town centre.
The Coastal Revival Fund supports regeneration of ‘at risk’ coastal heritage assets that are important to local communities and that have the potential to create opportunities for new economic uses or are facing neglect.
26 council projects won support in the latest funding round. These include funding for a National Bird Sculpture Trail in Amble, £1.75 million for a museum about Blackpool, and £50,000 to prevent structural deterioration of Salcombe’s Jubilee Pier. Together, the projects are forecast to support more than 15,000 jobs, and attract up to £40 million in additional investment from public and private sector sources.
The funding for the Pavilion Theatre will enable a feasibility study of plans to restore the 1920’s building - while also allowing for modernisation with digital signage and promotion on the exterior of the building. Initial plans also include improvements to the box office and the addition of an accessible toilet. The long term aim is to increase the theatre’s seating capacity by adding a balcony and raked seating.