Coastal Communities Fund winners announced

More than 50 coastal regeneration projects have been awarded a share of £27.7 million from the Government's Coastal Communities Fund.

In England, £17 million has been earmarked for economic development in areas affected by recent flooding.

Other projects include:

  • £1.3 million to enhance Southend's tourism industry, including a new seafront apprenticeship scheme
  • £300,000 to convert a disused dock in Hull into a multi-million pound technology hub
  • A £100,000 grant to support the creation of a new water sports centre in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

The Coastal Communities Fund was created in 2012 to regenerate seaside towns and villages and to support local economies.

In its first two years, the fund has:

  • Supported more than 100 projects
  • Delivered over 4,000 jobs and over 1,000 apprenticeships
  • Awarded more than £50 million worth of grants.

Ministers also announced that the next funding round is open for bids and projects on coastal flood repair and prevention will be prioritised. The fund will support projects worth £64 million over three years.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

"Regenerating forgotten coastal communities is part of the Government's long-term economic plan and our Coastal Communities Fund is backing over 100 projects that will support a total of 6,500 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships creating new opportunities for local people.

"We also want to help our seaside towns affected by the recent flooding get back on their feet as soon as possible. In England, nearly three-quarters of these regeneration projects funded today are in flood affected areas and our support will help these communities show they are back in business."