£50,000 Boost For Paignton’s Victorian Seafront Shelters

Torbay’s MP, Kevin Foster, has today (Wednesday 23rd January 2019) welcomed news of a £50,000 Coastal Revival Funding boost for work on Paignton’s Iconic Seafront.

Torbay Community Partnership will receive £50,000 from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund to kick-start a restoration project on the iconic Victorian seafront shelters in Paignton. The project, ‘Shelters for Posterity’, aims to restore six Victorian shelters to their original grandeur, improving their current look and use as well as improving the landscape.

The grant is one of 23 being announced in England, taking the number of projects supported in this round of the Coastal Revival Fund to 48, worth almost £2m. The news was confirmed in a letter to Kevin from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP.

Kevin said: “Paignton Sea Front is one of the most iconic parts of our bay, with generations of holiday makers having headed to it for a walk on the Pier or a dip in the sea. Whilst this sea front is much loved, its historic Shelters now need some TLC. I am therefore delighted the Government is backing a community effort to get them looking their best again with this funding.”

About the author

Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Torbay in May 2015.

Since being elected Kevin has set about working on his electoral campaign aims to regenerate Torbay’s town centres,develop year round employment opportunities create more integrated local care services and insuring Torbay has the infrastructure our local economy needs to grow in the future.

Kevin was born in Plymouth in December 1978 and spent his whole childhood in Devon.

His Father worked for 37 years as a Labourer/Painter in Devonport Dockyard until he took voluntary redundancy in 2010. His Mother worked for many years as a Teaching Assistant at the Primary School he attended as a child, continuing the job she loved until only 2 months before she lost her battle with Bowel Cancer in January 2014.

“Kevin lives on St Marychurch Road, close to the heart of Torquay Town Centre….” and is a regular at St Matthias Church in Wellswood and has now set up his constituency office in east Street Torre where he holds regular surgeries for residents to discuss their issues and problems.

Kevin started writing for the Torbay Times in 2013.