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£40m to boost economic growth on the coast

Words: Laura Edgar
Southport Pier

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a £40 million cash boost for coastal communities to create new jobs and improve local economic growth.

The investment will go towards 30 new projects, including regenerating piers and promenades.

The government said the funding is intended to help coastal tourism regain its position as England’s largest holiday sector, currently worth £8 billion to the economy each year.

Javid said: “We’re backing the Great British Coast with £40 million to create new jobs, boost economic growth and increase tourism.

“There’s a range of exciting projects set to benefit across the country, from a new conference centre for Blackpool to new beach huts and lifeguards for Hastings.

“This new funding will help attract even more tourists to our coast and help our seaside towns and coastal areas thrive.”

Projects that received funding include:

  • A 21st century conference centre for Blackpool – a new conference centre in the town’s Winter Gardens aims to accommodate 1,200 delegates.
  • Southport Pier and seafront – Improvements to the grade II listed pier including installing improved lighting, a new helter-skelter and food kiosks.
  • Lowestoft News Regeneration Scheme – An 18-month project to transform a partly derelict green space and seafront promenade into a visitor destination that celebrates cultural heritage and location.

More information about the fund can be found here.

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