Restoration of Madeira Terrace underway with £2 million from the council
A Madeira Terrace advisory panel, which will be made up of community representatives, is being created to work alongside the council to bring forward the Madeira Terrace restoration.
Following a meeting with residents, community volunteers and business, the council have agreed to create a panel that includes members of the community, with the council finally realising that community input is crucial. Nick Hibberd, the council’s Executive Director for Economy, Environment & Culture has commented:
“We don’t underestimate the challenge of restoring 865m of a Victorian structure exposed to coastal weather and the resources we will need, but we can achieve our shared goals by working together and making things happen.”
Restoring Madeira Terrace will undoubtedly provide a bright future for the seafront.
£460,000 has been raised by the crowdfunding campaign Save Madeira Terraces. So far they have held two extremely successful raffles, have organised cleanups and shaken collection boxes to raise funds for this important cause.
The group have also been pivotal in raising awareness about the plight of the Madeira Terraces. They understand that residents want to see them renovated and brought back into use and are working hard to make this a goal. The third raffle is underway and information about it is available here.
The council has earmarked £2 million from council capital reserves. This is good news, after a dispute in February surrounding where the £463,000 would actually go. Find out more about this here.