£20m boost for the Northern Coastline

Apr 4, 2017 | Latest News |

Coastal communities in the Northern Powerhouse are set to benefit from a £20 million cash boost.

Piers, promenades and coastal paths are some of over a dozen exciting new projects in the North set to create new jobs, attract tourists and boost economic growth for their local areas.

This latest investment is part of a wider £40 million fund, supporting over 30 projects across the country. It delivers on the government’s manifesto commitment to support fishing and coastal communities, and create an economy that works for everyone.

“We’re putting the wind in the sails of over a dozen major projects along the Northern coast line.

 

“From a new conference centre for Blackpool to a beach front entertainment venue for Cleethorpes, this funding will help make sure our northern seaside towns flourish.”

 

Andrew Percy MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse

Since 2012, the Government has invested £120 million in projects through the Coastal Communities Fund across the UK. The funding aims to encourage economic growth and jobs in coastal towns and communities. In 2015 Summer Budget, the fund was extended by a further four years until 2021 with at least £90 million of funding available UK-wide.

This latest investment comes as a new report reveals that more than 200 projects have benefitted from this funding since 2012. They are predicted to safeguard or create up to 18,000 new jobs and attract over £200 million in match funding.

The report also highlights how the fund has helped increase the popularity of coastal areas as places to work, live and visit. It has led to a rise of over two million more visitors, increasing spending by £171 million in coastal communities.

All of the projects awarded funding in this latest round were submitted or supported by Coastal Community Teams. Set up by the Government in 2015, each team receives £10,000 towards the development of a blueprint for economic growth.

There are now 146 teams – made up of volunteers, councils and local businesses – up and down the country. They are tasked with producing economic plans to create jobs along the shore.