Seventy projects up and down the Great British Coast have been awarded a total of over £36 million from a UK government fund to help develop and improve tourist attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth.
This major injection of funding for coastal communities will go towards supporting innovative businesses, protecting historic buildings, new museums and restoration of much-loved coastal heritage sites.
This latest investment represents 26 awards from the fifth round of the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and 44 awards from the third phase of the Coastal Revival Fund in 2018-19. It comes on top of over £180 million from both funds invested in more than 350 projects so far across the UK.
The 26 Coastal Communities Fund projects announced today (23 March 2019) are forecast collectively to support over 15,000 jobs, and attract up to £40 million in additional investment from public and private sector sources.
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP 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 today were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas.
The sheer range of ideas demonstrate the potential of our coastal communities and will all create good jobs, boost growth and improve people’s lives now and in the future.
Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP said:
This is an investment in the future of our coastal communities which builds on their rich heritage and huge potential.
The world-class attractions and innovative businesses supported by the Coastal Communities Fund and the Coastal Revival Fund will increase tourism, encourage investment and ensure people thrive up and down the Great British Coast.
Today’s investment in coastal communities builds on the government’s commitment to ensuring people have the opportunities to prosper no matter where they live.
The government recently announced the Stronger Towns Fund, a £1.6 billion investment which will enable new Town Deals across England, and the delivery of locally led projects creating new jobs, providing further training to help people gain valuable skills for employment, and boosting local growth.
Projects in the SW
Cornwall WAVE (Augmented & Virtual Experiences) – Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership £698,000 grant application towards a £768,000 project to support five coastal communities to access new, year-round, higher value tourist markets through the creation of Virtual, Augmented and Immersive heritage experiences and implement community engagement activities. WAVE will benefit local museums and provide digital training for local businesses to attract new visitors to the area.
Trevassack Lake: A National Centre of Excellence providing water sports for all – Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, Falmouth, Cornwall £1.69 million grant application towards a £2.39 million project to transform the Trevassack Lake – a former quarry – into a centre for inclusive water sports. The aim is to create a National Centre of Excellence in Falmouth for water sports, providing a resource for the local community and visitors.
The Tin Coast – Connecting People with Landscape – National Trust, Cornwall £460,000 grant application towards a £483,000 project to develop Cornwall’s Tin Coast as a year-round destination for walking and exploring heritage. It will deliver visitor hubs and various sites and develop a business-led information network and an integrated transport offer together with improved public realm, signage and public amenities.
Killacourt – Transformation of Events and Market Space – Newquay Town Council, Cornwall £499,700 grant application towards a £1.42 million project to improve access and egress to town centre events space in Newquay, including improvements to local infrastructure to cater for complex events, open-air markets and stalls and landscaping work.
Barnstaple Deep Water Pool – North Devon District Council £1.5 million grant application towards a £14 million project to deliver a competition and learner swimming pool as part of a new multi-million-pound leisure centre. The centre will provide new all-weather facilities to be used for lifeguard training to improve the safety of beaches and as an enhanced wet weather attraction for tourists.
The Burrows Centre – Torridge District Council, North Devon £1.2 million grant application towards a £2.17 million project to create a new all year round interpretation centre and activity hub for nature-based tourism in Northam Burrows Country Park to increase visitor numbers and job opportunities. It will also provide business support for exiting and start-up tourism-related businesses.