Seaside towns regeneration fund to be extended

 
Hastings Pier A project to restore Hastings pier was among previous successful bidders for cash

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Seaside towns are being invited to bid for money from a £29m funding pot aimed at boosting deprived areas.

The government says its Coastal Communities Fund is being extended to 2014-15, due to rising marine revenue.

It is backed by revenue from offshore wind farms, tidal power and other marine activity.

Previous bids have included a project to make Wadebridge, Cornwall, Britain's first solar-powered town and a new harbour on Barra, in the Western Isles.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the fund was "giving our seaside towns and villages a real chance to grow as the nation benefits from our marine resources".

He said the fund would help create hundreds of opportunities for local apprentices and support jobs and businesses in the areas.

Earlier this month, the Centre for Social Justice think tank warned that some seaside towns in England and Wales were stuck in a cycle of poverty and suffering "severe social breakdown".

Deprivation

And figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week suggested 25 out of 31 "larger" English seaside towns had above-average levels of deprivation, including Skegness, Blackpool, Clacton and Hastings.

Blackpool, which attracts more visitors per year than any other UK coastal town, had the highest level of deprivation among the larger English seaside destinations in 2010, the ONS figures suggested.

Health and disability were the biggest areas of deprivation in the seaside towns.

Among the six towns which bucked the trend were Poole and Christchurch in Dorset and Bognor Regis in West Sussex.

The Coastal Communities Fund was set up in 2012 to try to boost deprived seaside towns and villages and will now be extended by a year. The government says the idea is to help coastal towns to create new business opportunities, jobs and skills that will benefit the area.

The money behind it comes from the Crown Estates, which own the rights to fish-farms, wind farms, ports and marinas. Successful bidders are given money equivalent to 50% of revenues generated from things like offshore wind and tidal power and ship moorings in the area.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 82.

    @ 75. christhechameleon

    Nice one.

    With diminishing resources, increasing demand and fixed planet size, growth will not be an option. Survival will.

    You can witness the beginnings of this with the franking exercise.


    Sitting souls in front of TV's filling them with antidepressants is not my idea of a dream come true.

    Life doesn't have to make a profit.

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    Comment number 81.

    Hey let us live by the seaside.
    Nah don't fink so. Every time there is heavy rain the sweage system can't handle it and the nice Blue Flag Beach goes brown.

    Cost of staying a week in a hotel - rain snow sleet mist and dismal compared with going abroad to sunny Spain Germany Italy Germany where the weather is going to be probably fine - NO CONTEST.

    RIP OFF BRITAIN

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    Comment number 80.

    67. An Over Populated Planet
    An offshoot idea from yours: the cruise industry is growing at an exponential rate. At the moment cruise ships are mainly built in Germany (Meyer Werft) and Italy (Fincantieri). With just a little of the HS2 funding UK shipyards could be revived and their futures guaranteed for years to come - after all, we're much closer to the main market (the USA)

  • rate this
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    Comment number 79.

    Successive Governments have ignored, & in the case of NuLabour added to, the decline of seaside & rural areas. Inshore fishing decimated by ridiculous discard policies, a low spend indigenous ageing demographic, mass relocation of inner city poor & immigrant populations with no available employment, & over priced poor quality tourism! A £29m regeneration fund will do nothing to resolve this!

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    Comment number 78.

    Years ago my annual holiday was spent in Margate with my parents.Endless sandy beaches, Dreamland, fantastic places of entertainment a different show every night in Cliftonville at the Golden Garter Saloon, Cliff Cafe, Winter Gardens and many others. I took my wife on a memory lane trip 3 years ago. Dismal, dull, concreted over and full of east europeans begging. What have we done to our country.

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    Comment number 77.

    As a Hastings resident: first, the figures date from 2010, since when the town has made considerable progress. Secondly, the needs of tourists are more diverse nowadays than they used to be. Third, efforts to improve are not helped by social dumping by London councils. Fourth, rail and road access remain poor and hinder investment. But it's a great place, as people are beginning to see.

  • Comment number 76.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 75.

    67. An Over Populated Planet

    Wow, which planet is that?

    An interesting idea, but sadly governments don't invest in things which aren't expected to show a "return", and on this blinkered planet, that means a return in monetary terms.

    So we'll go on importing a lot of rubbish from all corners of the earth and sending it back to them as land-fill when we no longer want it.

    That's good for GDP.

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    Comment number 74.

    I grew up in Bridlington. People used to go for a day out & shop & eat whilst there. They don't now, they can't afford to & the lack of money shows in town. The local industries have all closed down & West Yorks seem to dump all their social cases there resulting in an extremely deprived social structure. No Money No jobs & they're still building 800 new homes. WHY? who wants to live there now?

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    Comment number 73.

    If councils do not put regenerative money into their own town - Seaside ressort or otherwise - why should any land locked tax payer fund them?

    Land locked city centers have been on the wane for many years.
    Councils spend money on the wrong things - which is a waste of cash - or loses it in Icelandic Bank Investments.

    Central/Local governments are too fond of overspending cash which is not theirs

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    Comment number 72.

    Perhaps Clacton can apply for some funds to purchase property near London so they can return all those undesirables that many London Boroughs have dumped there.

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    Comment number 71.

    No, 69, Blackpool is not in recession "like the rest of the UK."

    Firstly, the UK is no longer in recession. Secondly, you must accept the fact that there aren't many who want to relive its heyday.

    I think Blackpool's best chance might be as a supply town for the nearby shale gas industry. That at least would build confidence, which might in turn improve education and attract other investment.

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    Comment number 70.

    The reason these towns not only by the sea are in such a mess.Is because all the descisions are made in London.We now have the situation where the lower you go down the bureaucratic gravy train.The more useless they get.That takes some doing when you look at the three stooges running the political parties.

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    Comment number 69.

    i was in blackpool serveral weeks ago and where the sea front has been done up its really nice ,but like the rest of the uk its in recession and its shows ,lots of shops empty etc
    29 million quid is a drop in the ocean for this country ,if we want our seaside to relive its hayday its got to be cheaper than a week in spain .

  • rate this
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    Comment number 68.

    66. As-If.
    I completely agree with you.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 67.

    Take the £80 billion from proposed HS2, create infrastructure to build, maintain & sail tall ships globally, some with classrooms.

    You instantly have thriving resorts using recyclable materials, cut pollution, provide excitement for depressed communities, exercise & adventure for children & all concerned, & throw in transport of goods worldwide.

    Who has the b***s to do this ?

    Beat that .......

  • rate this
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    Comment number 66.

    62 "All hail our wise leaders!"

    I don`t disagree with your sentiments, but the word "leaders" is part of the problem.
    We have allowed them to be called leaders, and they believe that they are.
    They are not our leaders. They are our "representatives" that`s all - and temporary ones at that.

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    Comment number 65.

    42. Essex Serpent
    Disagree that all British seaside resorts have become dumping grounds. Bournemouth, as mentioned above, is a success with a beautiful front, large range of restaurants and amazing nightlife. With investment in public areas, marketing and encouragement of small business (such as boutique-type hotels) our lovely beaches could even compete with Spain! Shame about the weather though

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    Comment number 64.

    These places no longer offer the attraction they used to. Foreign travel is relatively cheap and offers a better overall experience. Why pump money into something that is already on life support? It's a bit like the recent article on the Welsh Valleys - there's nothing left there, so support people in moving on rather than waste it sustaining the problem.

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