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£17.5m for Welsh coastal tourism plans

Welsh Assembly Government agrees funding for four schemes across the country

By Pete Hayman

Four tourism schemes designed to improve the visitor experi- ence of Wales' coastline will share a £17.5m funding package from the Welsh Assembly Government. Three visitor centres will be

created in Pembrokeshire; Aberdaron, Gwynedd and Swansea Bay, while a number of the country's beaches will benefi t from improvements. Developed as part of the

assembly government's Coastal Tourism initiative, the schemes will be backed using £8.4m through the European Regional Development Fund. Private and public sector partners will provide the remaining funding. The £4.2m Pembrokeshire

Coastal Waters Centre develop- ment will boost the experience

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The Pembrokeshire coastline will benefi t from a new visitor centre

of those looking to explore the coastline from the water, including new landing stages. Swansea Bay water sports

centre, a £4.2m project supported with nearly £2.2m European funding, will offer a range of water-based activities using the bay's natural facilities.

Aberdaron coastal visitor

centre will receive more than £1.5m from the European Union towards the project's £3.4m total cost. Meanwhile, £1.3m European

funding will go towards the £2.75m Green Sea Programme to improve beach facilities.

RCLT secures Liverpool theatre lease agreement

By Pete Hayman

Efforts to renovate Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre have taken a step forward after Royal Court Liverpool Trust (RCLT) was awarded a 30-year lease to operate the venue. The trust is now able to move

forward plans to raise funds for a £10.6m renovation of the Grade II-listed venue, following Liverpool City Council's decision on 26 March. Designs drawn up by Allford

Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) were chosen from a shortlist of seven bids in March

AHMM is behind plans for the Royal Court Theatre renovation

2009, with RCLT now aiming to secure funding for the project. Plans for the 1,250-seat

theatre include an enlarged entrance space, a rooftop

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restaurant and bar and the reorganisation of the middle two fl oors to create more comfortable casual spaces. RCLT expects to apply for

support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, foundations and private companies, as well as hoping to get the backing of the Northwest Regional Development Agency. Trust chair Elizabeth Christie

said: "We are determined to succeed in our fundraising efforts and ensure the future of this building, which has been at the heart of Liverpool's cultural offer for such a long time."

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