H&L have been assisting Seaton Tramway during 2016 and 2017 develop their exciting proposals for the future.
This popular attraction has been based in the coastal town of Seaton since 1970 and each year carries thousands of delighted passengers along its three-mile route between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley. The historic 2’9″ gauge trams travel alongside the beautiful River Axe estuary through two nature reserves, giving unrivalled views of the abundant wading bird life that surrounds it. www.tram.co.uk
Support has been provided which has helped secure £100,000 from Making It Local towards fit out costs associated with the new £2.5m terminal for the Tramway at Seaton.
In addition Martin Cooke with the support of Lucy Johnston have assisted the Directors and Board of Seaton tramway to prepare a Round 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The ‘Travels through Heritage and The Axe Valley’ project will enable the Tramway and its partners to provide in-depth engagement with visitors, staff, volunteers and new audiences through an ambitious programme of new interpretation, facilities, training, learning, events and long-term activities.
HLF has awarded Seaton Tramway initial support and a development grant of £45,000 to progress the project and apply for a full National Lottery grant of £420,000 at a later date.
H&L were appointed in April 2018 to undertake the project management of the round 2 HLF application for Seaton Tramway, working closely with Tramway staff and Nicola Berry, activity planning and learning consultant.
Following the Heritage Fund round 2 application in November 2018, confirmation of the round 2 success was confirmed in April 2019 with the project commencing in June. Heritage & Leisure continue to provide guidance and support to the project and other new initiatives.