Funds found for heritage site

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People in Easthaven are delighted that a successful grant application will pay for a tourist information point celebrating the village.

Angus Environmental Trust has awarded £40,000 which will cover the entire development of a maritime and heritage point in the historic coastal village.

The plan will see the existing building on the seaward side of the railway bridge upgraded with heritage interpretation boards and information on the unique natural resources of Easthaven to create an outdoor learning facility.

Ian Bancroft of the East Haven 800 steering group, which is organising events in the run up to the 800th anniversary of the founding of the village, said: “Residents are delighted that the Angus Environmental Trust has awarded this money to develop the new maritime and heritage point.

“The increase in the number of visitors to East Haven since the development of the new coastal path has been phenomenal.

“Currently there is no shelter in bad weather and little information about the coastal environment and our maritime heritage.

“The new facility will provide a range of benefits for the hundreds of people who now visit East Haven every week.”

Chair of the East Haven Residents’ Association Gordon Lumsdaine added: “The shelter and seated area will provide a welcome facility for the many sea-anglers, cyclists and walkers using the coastal path.”

The consultation will begin in the new year on the development and content of the project and it is hoped that it will be unveiled at a major public event which is being planned for August 23, 2014.