Sarah Higgins 01 August 2014

Millions allocated for coastal projects

Ten coastal towns around England have been allocated funds to create jobs and help with essential repairs after the winter storms.

More than £8.5m will be provided to create tourist attractions, regenerate historic sites, and provide new flood defences.

The money – which are also expected to create and safeguard nearly 1,400 jobs – has come from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, and will attract a further £6.2m from other private and public bodies.

Prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne today announced a further £3m would be provided to the fund.

‘Seaside towns are a strong part of this country’s heritage and have huge potential to create new businesses that provide jobs,’ said coastal communities minister Penny Mordaunt.

Chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: ‘The Coastal Communities Fund is already making a real difference to our coastal towns and helping communities regenerate their local economy. So far the scheme has already supported over 7,500 jobs and 1,400 training places up and down the country.

‘I am delighted to announce an additional £8.5m for coastal projects across the country. This will help communities build a sustainable future for themselves and also benefit visitors to these seaside towns over the years to come.’

The ten projects are:

  • Jubilee Pool Lido, Penzance, Cornwall
  • Victorian arches, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Waldringham Flood Defence, Suffolk
  • Maltings building, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
  • South west coastal path, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset
  • RSPB nature reserve, Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Spurn Point
  • Historic fruit market, Kingston upon Hull
  • Park View 4 U, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
  • Youth hostels, Brighton, East Sussex, and Yorkshire
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