Sajid Javid MP, the Communities Secretary, has announced a new round of funding for coastal communities across the UK. The funding is aimed at creating jobs, boosting tourism and increasing economic growth in communities across the UK.
Spread across 30 projects, the extra £40m will be used to improve attractions such as piers, promenades and coastal paths.
A specific project which will benefit from the new funding is the Plymouth History Centre, which will refurbish and create new cultural and heritage venues to promote Plymouth as an internationally significant visitor attraction ahead of the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“We’re backing the Great British Coast with £40 million to create new jobs, boost economic growth and increase tourism.
There’s a range of exciting projects set to benefit across the country, from a new conference centre for Blackpool to new beach huts and lifeguards for Hastings.
This new funding will help attract even more tourists to our coast and help our seaside towns and coastal areas thrive.”
Mr Javid added that the British coastal tourism industry is already worth £8bn to the UK economy.
Since 2012 the Government has invested £120m in projects in coastal areas via the Coastal Communities Fund. In 2015’s Summer Budget the fund was extended for a further four years to 2021. The latest investment will build on the progress achieved by previous funding; to date, more than 200 projects have received funding since 2012. They are predicted to safeguard or create up to 18,000 new jobs and attract over £200 million in match funding.