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Seaside schemes to benefit from new government funding pot

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Coastal building projects are set to benefit from a £40 million fund to transform seaside hubs after the government invited bids for the fifth round of applications through the Coastal Communities Fund

Since 2012 the fund has awarded grants to 295 projects across the UK, totalling more than £174 million.

Previous schemes to benefit from the fund include Jamie Fobert’s extension of the Tate Gallery in St Ives (pictured) and the rebirth of the Grade II-listed Art Deco Jubilee Pool in Penzance.

Cash will be made available to the next wave of successful projects from April 2019, with a small number fast-tracked from this summer.

Whitby-based architect Ian Hazard welcomed the government money for coastal areas.

’The fund seems to be supporting some initiatives that have potential to provide employment in sectors other than tourism, and these kinds of projects should be prioritised and the funding sustained,’ he said.

Tourism is obviously important in the region but it tends to provide very seasonal, low-paid work that provides very little job or income security to families.’ 

Coastal communities minister Jake Berry said: ‘I’m delighted to announce that applications are now open for the next round of the Coastal Communities Fund.

‘Coastal Communities up and down the country from Barrow-in-Furness to Brighton have been boosted by this funding, which has spurred inward investment, sustainable growth, new jobs and exciting economic opportunities for local businesses.

‘By 2020, we’ll have invested nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas, providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities along the Great British coast.’

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