Coastal funding scheme extended to 2020

The Amble Harbour Village project received �1.8million from the Coastal Communities Fund.
The Amble Harbour Village project received �1.8million from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Seaside towns in Northumberland will have a chance to bid for a share of £90million of funding under measures announced by the Chancellor in Wednesday’s Budget.

Ministers welcomed the extension of Coastal Communities Fund to 2020 as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to revitalise seaside towns and unlock their economic potential.

Launched in 2012, the Coastal Communities Fund has already invested nearly £119million on 211 local infrastructure and economic projects across the UK. This is helping to create almost 13,700 jobs and provide more than 10,280 training places and apprenticeships.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “Britain has a proud seaside tradition which this One Nation Government is determined to revive so they can be year-round success stories. Unlocking the economic potential of our seaside towns will create jobs, build infrastructure and boost local economic growth. We know our multimillion Coastal Communities Fund is already having a big impact on communities and local seaside economies, and the extension of the fund will mean other areas will have the chance to bid for funding.”

Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “I’m delighted our Coastal Communities Fund will continue. This Government investment ensures areas can create skilled workers and year round jobs that will build stronger communities and stronger local economies. This fund, together with the creation of our Coastal Community Teams, will be an important catalyst for change and help secure the long-term future of our seaside towns so communities can drive forward their vision, unleash business opportunities and thrive.”