Weymouth has received a cash injection from central government which will go towards repairing the Esplanade shelters.

A total of £50,000 has been awarded to the borough council through the Coastal Revival Fund (CRF) to repair and redecorate seven Grade 2 listed Esplanade shelters.

It comes after last week’s news that the town has passed the first stage towards a £3.5m boost from the Coastal Community Fund, meaning the area could be in store for further improvements to its infrastructure.

The funding for the shelter revamp will be used to blast off existing paint, carry out repairs to the ornamental ironwork and timber repairs to its seating. It’ll also be used to pay for roofing repairs and to clean off any graffiti.

The shelters will be fenced off from the main Esplanade whilst the works are carried out to ensure public safety.

The £50,000 will cover the cost of the majority of the works. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will cover the rest, plus the cleaning and public protection element of these works.

Council leader Jeff Cant said: “Following the great news last week that we have passed the critical first stage in a £3.5m bid to the Coastal Community Fund to support the growth and development of Weymouth this is further confirmation that the work of the council – with the support of local organisations – to make a strong case to MP Jake Berry is being rewarded.

“Following our visit to Westminster and the follow up trip by Jake and his civil service team to the borough in the summer this is another demonstration that we are being recognised as a community driving forward a positive agenda to become a vibrant and dynamic all year-round destination.

“This urgently needed work enhances the wonderful heritage of the town and will help to grow our visitor economy.”

The CRF was introduced in 2015-16 to help coastal areas bring at risk heritage and community assets back into economic use.

Funding has been awarded to 25 projects in coastal areas to help revive sites of significance and bring economic growth to coastal communities.

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry said: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick start the restoration of 25 important sites up and down our Great British coastline. From Whitehaven to Weymouth, we’re saving some of the nation’s most cherished coastal heritage assets and landmarks from falling into disrepair.”