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Brokenshire announces £36m funding for British coastline


Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced that coastal communities across England will receive funding of more than £36 million to develop and improve tourist attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth.

A total of 70 projects across the British coastline from Cornwall to Cumbria have been picked for the funding and have been broken down into two categories.

The government has awarded 26 projects from the Coastal Communities Fund, which was introduced in 2012, and 44 from the Coastal Revival Fund, which launched in 2015.

The 26 Coastal Communities Fund projects are forecast collectively to support more than 15,000 jobs, and attract up to £40 million in additional investment from public and private sector sources.

Brokenshire said: “I am determined to support investment and development of our coastal communities and create an economy that works for everyone as we prepare for Brexit and beyond.

“All of the ambitious projects receiving funding were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas.”

SInce the launch of the two funds, a total of 350 projects have received £180 million across the UK. The government remains on track to invest over £200 million in the British coastline by 2020.

Some projects chosen for the Coastal Community Fund and Coastal Revival Fund include:

  • Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast project – (Coastal Community Fund) – has been awarded £1.06 million to improve visitor infrastructure, facilities and activities along Cumbria’s ‘hidden’ coast to create new visitor demand and enhance the coastal destination’s offer.

  • Blackpool Museum Project – (Coastal Community Fund) – has been awarded £1.75 million to deliver the AMUSEUM – Britain’s first museum telling the story of Blackpool and its role in the development of British popular entertainment and the great British seaside holiday.

  • Seafront Improvement  in Milford-on-Sea – (Coastal Revival Fund) – has been awarded £50,000 to implement seafront improvement (promenade access works) for improved coastal protection and coastal access along a 240m frontage.

  • Salcombe Jubilee Pier Revival in Salcombe – (Coastal Revival Fund) –  has been awarded £50,000 awarded to conduct work to prevent further structural deterioration of the pier and to undertake work to promote its historical value to the many people that use it.

The full list of projects in the Coastal Revival Fund can be viewed here, and the Coastal Community Funds list can be viewed here.

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