Morecame Bay benefits from latest round of Coastal Communities Fund

On 11th February Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the latest round of successful projects which will get financial support from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Following on from the success of Barrow in last summer’s first round, Cumbria County Council and Morecambe Bay Partnership have been awarded £490,000 to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the Morecambe Bay area by enhancing the area as a tourism destination through branding/marketing, connecting and signing 200 km of a bay cycle way, place-making work, and over 300 training places. The project aims to deliver 33 jobs and will coordinate its work with other projects being delivered by the Partnership. The bay cycle way be a major contribution to the delivery of the North West Coastal Trail concept for multi-use access along the North West’s coast.

The £23.7 million Coastal Communities Fund was launched in 2012 to provide coastal towns in the UK with money to help pay for projects that can transform and diversify seaside economies and to help coastal towns and villages provide training and employment opportunities for people. Funds can be used to support both capital and revenue projects and communities are encouraged to match funds with other pots of money.

The fund is financed by the government from revenue generated by the Crown Estate’s marine assets and is administered and distributed in partnership with the ‘BIG Fund’, the non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.

The other successful main round winners announced yesterday are:

  • Cable and Wireless Porthcurno and Collections Trust, Cornwall £149, 587
  • Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, Somerset £500,000
  • Friends of the Folkestone and Marlowe Academies, Ramsgate £349,724
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council £600,000
  • Hastings Borough Council £1,244,931
  • Lincolnshire County Council £200,000
  • Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust (Exmoor National Park), Devon £150,000
  • North Tyneside Council £1,991,612
  • North York Moors Historical Railway Trust, Whitby £800,000
  • Port of Blyth, Northumberland £500,000
  • Porthleven Regeneration Community Interest Company, Cornwall £99,570
  • Plymouth City Council, Devon £670,400
  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council £580,720
  • Scarborough Borough Council £2,599,373
  • South Hams District Council, Devon £450,347
  • Sunderland City Council £2 million
  • Swanage Railway Company Ltd, Dorset £1,469,000
  • Torbay Council, Torbay, Devon £1,385,656
  • Wadebridge Renewable Energy Project, Cornwall £100,000

It is expected that there will be at least 2 more annual bidding rounds, starting in 2013 and 2014. Invitations to bid for 2013 are expected to be announced in March 2013.

For further information see the Coastal Communities Fund pages  


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