Mark Whitehead 17 September 2018

Government investment to ‘fast track’ 16 coastal projects

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A further round of seaside resorts have been given a share of a fund to help them develop and provide jobs.

A total of 16 towns will share £6m of Coastal Communities Fund money to 'fast track' projects ranging from a community arts project in South Shields to heritage boat tours in Falmouth’s historic docks.

Together, the new projects are forecast to create more than 1,100 jobs and are expected to attract £2.4m additional public and private sector funding.

Other grants include £500,000 to support the local creative economy in Margate High Street with a state-of-the-art 'fabrication laboratory' providing technical skills training, business planning and support for local creative businesses and professionals.

Scarborough Construction Skills Village project will receive £900,000 to help tackle local unemployment and skills challenges, and £60,000 will be given to a project to turn a pit head building in South Shields into a community, cultural and heritage hub providing training, office, event and exhibition space.

On a visit to one of the winners - Disability First 'Access Fylde Coast' - coastal communities minister Jake Berry said: 'Investment in our seaside areas, through projects such as these, will provide nothing short of a New Deal for the Great British coast, creating thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities along the shore.'

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