Government announces more funding for coastal rejuvenation projects

More government cash is being made available to help rejuvenate coastal areas.

A further £200,000 has been pledged to help set up to 20 new Coastal Community Teams (CCT) across Britain, joining the 118 teams already formed.

CCTs have already been established in Barnstaple, Bideford, Fremington, Ilfracombe and Lynton and Lynmouth – but more communities are now encouraged to apply.

Money is available to improve transport links, signage, heritage areas and tourism attractions. In North Devon, existing teams published details about economic developments, or ‘wish lists’ in February this year.

Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “Across our Great British coast tourism is taking off and investment is pouring in.

“In just a year, 118 Coastal Communities Teams have made waves, positively shaping the economic development of their local areas. But we don’t want anyone with good ideas to miss out, which is why we’re giving another 20 areas the chance to benefit.

“And with a further £90 million funding available over the next four years, there’s plenty of cash available to help our coastline reach its potential.”

Bids can come from any coastal region which does not have an existing team and if selected, will be given £10,000 to develop an economic plan.

They can then bid for grants of between £50,000 and £4million each from the £90m Coastal Communities Fund to see their plans through.

The Coastal Communities Fund has already allocated £119m to 222 projects across the country since 2012. Analysis has shown that for every £1 spent, local areas will see up to an £8 benefit.

Almost 13,700 jobs have been created and 10,280 training places and apprenticeships have been provided through the fund.

According to the latest research, the regeneration of British coast has helped the seaside regain its position as nation’s most popular overnight holiday destination, with 13.7m visits in 2015.

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