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MP Alan Beith welcomes new Government opportunity for seaside towns and villages

February 15, 2012 11:39 AM

Alan BeithThe Coalition Government has this week unveiled a new £24million fund to rejuvenate coastal areas.

The Coastal Community Fund has been established to help seaside communities to grow economically and develop new and sustainable jobs. Applications for the funding are open to a range of organisations - charities, private companies and local councils for activities to support local growth including; training initiatives, tourist infrastructure and apprenticeships. Bidding opens in March 2012.

This is just one more in a growing list of Government-provided possibilities open to the region. The Regional Growth Fund is already providing millions of pounds of investment to the area and opportunities are opening for high street development following the Mary Portas Review and from the Arts Council to boost culture in areas with low levels of creative engagement.

Local Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith commented:

''I welcome this new fund, which has been set up using money from licences for sea bed activity such as pipe lines, cables and wind farms. Coastal Communities play a unique role in our economy and this fund will help to harness local potential and develop our coastal and offshore resources.

"This is another great opportunity for local groups and the Council to bid for Government money to improve our area. I hope local organisations and businesses will take advantage of the many financial funds the Coalition are providing to help growth in areas like ours, and will seriously consider making bids. I will be speaking to Councillors and senior officers at Northumberland County Council to make sure they are looking out for potential projects which could benefit."

More information about the Coastal Communities Fund can be found at http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/regeneration/coastalfundprospectus