Sussex and Kent schemes get Coastal Communities funding

Statue of miner at Betteshanger Colliery Betteshanger Colliery is to get £2.5m for a visitor centre

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A number of coastal communities in Sussex and Kent are to receive millions of pounds of government funding.

Bognor Regis in West Sussex is to get £1.65m to regenerate public areas while Newhaven will get £1.9m, which will create an "innovation space".

Betteshanger Colliery, near Deal in Kent, is to get £2.5m for a visitor centre.

More than 50 projects across the UK have been awarded a share of £27.7m from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Medway Council will get £598,000 to drive the regeneration of the High Streets in Rochester and Chatham, a scheme which aims to create 140 jobs.

Betteshanger was the last of Kent's collieries to close, in 1989.

A government spokesman said the scheme aimed to create 107 jobs there and 30 new businesses in sustainable technology and education.

Paul Dendle, cabinet member for environmental services at Arun District Council, said the money would be a boost to Bognor.

He said: "If you go forward to 2017 and someone arrives at the station, they'll be able to walk all the way through the town to the beach and that whole area, the whole walkway, will be completely transformed."

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