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Seaside resorts to receive CABE cash boosts

CABE has earmarked Blackpool, Dover and Torbay as the first three resorts to each receive up to £4 million in government cash as part of the commission's seaside renaissance programme.

CABE was charged with identifying towns that could most benefit from ‘cultural’, design-led projects which would kick-start the wider regeneration of coastal areas.

The three-year Sea Change plan is being funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and will eventually deliver £45 million to the country’s neglected resorts.

Any coastal town that can prove to CABE that its ‘cultural project’ would be a catalyst for regeneration can apply for the cash.

The design watchdog hopes the cash injections will be spent on improving historic public spaces such as high streets, promenades, harbours or gardens, as well as constructing new buildings or converting existing ones for use as cultural centres and also enhancing existing galleries, concert halls, dance spaces, theatres and arts centres.

The cash could also boost Blackpool's bid to deliver a 'People's Playground' urban park proposed by LDA Design for the town's promenade (AJ 11.07.08).

Architecture minister Margaret Hodge said: ‘Cultural projects can play an enormous role in kick-starting regeneration in communities. Not only do they attract new visitors to the area, bringing in money for local businesses, but they also enhance the environment for local residents and give a sense of pride to the community.’

The deadline for submissions is June.

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