Environment

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Birchington on Sea as a seaside resort is a notable tourist destination. Minnis Bay is a blue flag beach enjoyed by families with attractions such as sailing and windsurfing.

In their heyday, the shelters were attractive structures dotted along the coastline, frequently used by locals and visitors to shelter from inclement weather, places to meet socially and as places to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area.

We have 9 sea shelters in total along our coastline; 7 of these are of a wooden construction under a tiled roof and have been part of the landscape since the 1930s. However, the shelters have fallen into disrepair largely through the natural effect of weather damage but also due to lack of maintenance and repair, they are in a very dilapidated state and two of the shelters are now surrounded by Heras fencing and deemed too dangerous to be used by the general public.

Our shelters are an integral amenity and are much loved by residents and visitors to our coast. They are in regular use by day trippers, bird watchers, picnickers, dog walkers. Elderly residents in a local care home use one of the shelters as an outside space to meet and socialise and to enjoy the scenery.

In 2018 we had enough funds to rebuild our first shelter and were fortunate to be awarded £1000 from Aviva and this was used towards vandal-proof laminated glazing in our first restored shelter.

In 2019 we will have raised enough money to rebuild our second shelter and should we be successful in our application, we will use the £1000 towards the vandal proof laminated glazing again as this has proved a very popular choice of glazing.

We anticipate the cost of rebuilding the second shelter will be in the region of £18,000.

We have included a photo of a rebuilt shelter.

Birchington Shelters and Amenities Group ( BSAG )

Moment of Pride

Our fundraising events are always sold out. Local businesses support with donations, raffle prizes, hold their own events to raise funds. Local professionals donated labour on the first shelter; a local community group made seat arms and volunteers helped paint the shelter. Community supports us.

Location: The Parade, Birchington, UK