THE latest steps in the renovation of Coalhouse Fort and its Green Flag status park at East Tilbury are being taken following a successful bid for lottery funding.
Thurrock Council, together with Coalhouse Fort Project and the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre, has successfully bid for £22,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Veolia Mardyke Trust also supported the application with a £20,000 grant that was used as match funding.
The money will go fund architectural drawings, a café viability study, an educational demand study and further community engagement work needed to develop a planned £½ million project.
The project would see the existing toilet and Ranger block at Coalhouse refurbished to create a café, improved toilet and office facilities and a new community space.
An education officer and a fort development worker would also be employed for up to three years to support new participation and learning activities at the fort and park.
The long-term aim would be to see revenue from the café helping to support the Coalhouse Fort Project realise further restoration of the fort itself.
Cllr Cathy Kent, Thurrock Council’s representative on the Coalhouse Fort Project said: “The fort and park are already wonderful places to visit – jewels that should already be enjoyed by all.
“The hard work that has gone into this latest bid raises our hopes that we can develop Coalhouse into something even more special and those who have developed it should be congratulated on their success.”