Coastal Communities Fund

20th September 2017

Early records suggest that this year is looking like another record year for staycations. With so many people choosing to stay at home for their holidays each year, the maintenance of our coast is essential.  Our spectacular coastline already attracts 300 million visits a year, with people spending up to three times more than at any other holiday destination.

Coastal tourism is worth around £8 billion to the UK economy each year so it is imperative that the surrounding communities and local economies receive the right investment. That is why the Conservative Government is making available £40 million for communities along Britain’s coastline.

The Coastal Communities Fund -now in its fifth round- has already provided £170 million to 278 regeneration projects around the country, and has seen 2 million more people spending an additional £171 million visiting our coastal communities.

In the last round of funding Torridge District Council benefitted from over £400,000 to repair and upgrade the coastal resorts of Westward Ho! and Bucks Mills and put in place a business support training programme. Meanwhile, Devon County Council received £1.3 million to turn Dawlish into a destination for walkers and cyclists, linking a safe path between Dawlish town centre and the iconic tourist route of the Exe Estuary Trail.

I welcome the Government’s latest round of investment funding which has the potential to boost economic growth and jobs in the area by attracting even more visitors, enabling our coastal communities to thrive. The South West stretch is already worth £400 million to the economy, offering some of the country's best tourist hot spots.

In a bid to ensure more people can explore and enjoy our coastline, the Government is aiding the completion of a new National Trail along every stretch of the 2,700-mile England Coast Path. When completed it will allow people to explore new and enhanced routes along the entire length of the English coastline, taking in iconic sights like the White Cliffs of Dover, the beaches of Norfolk and the picturesque North Yorkshire coast.

The South West has received the greatest share of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund, worth over £24 million, and I urge our coastal entrepreneurs, charities and community groups to get involved and bid for their share of the Fund.

Applications for funding open in early 2018.

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