Seaside funding pot boost for town

SCARBOROUGH Council is urging seaside communities to bid for a slice of a multi-million-pound funding pot which will help revitalise the coast.

The £23 million Coastal Communities Fund, announced by the Government in July, is aimed at breathing life into ailing seaside towns, finance renewable energy projects or support charities and education schemes.

And with further details expected to be released by the end of the month, the council is stepping up its plans on how to benefit from the scheme.

The council’s Cabinet member for tourism and culture, Cllr David Jeffels, said: “We are wanting projects to come forward which could potentially benefit from this funding.

“I think it has the potential to kick-start a number of aspirations, improvements and projects on the coast which Scarborough Council would find difficult in funding in the present economic climate.”

Under the scheme, half of all revenue from the Crown Estate’s marine activities will be put into the fund.

“We have got 45 miles of coastline in the borough and potentially we can benefit considerably from this fund if the right projects come forward, particularly those aimed at the tourist industry,” said Cllr Jeffels, who is also chairman of national tourism body British Destinations.

The Government has been talking to the Big Fund about the details of how cash can be handed out to communities.