Last days for Hartlepool coast funding bid

The weather in Hartlepool was a mixed bag for the last official day of the school Easter holidays yesterday as fog descended on the coast and sent sun seekers inland. Slightly sunnier conditions at the Marina.
The weather in Hartlepool was a mixed bag for the last official day of the school Easter holidays yesterday as fog descended on the coast and sent sun seekers inland. Slightly sunnier conditions at the Marina.

People in Hartlepool have just a week left to bid for funding to regenerate the coast of the town.

Communities across the country have been given the chance to bid for a £3million Coastal Revival Fund to kick-start resoration work and bring back into use hard-to-tackle buildings, landscapes, facilities and amusements.

The successful Coastal Communities Fund has already invested £120million in over 220 projects across the UK to help seaside towns diversify their economy to be year-round success stories.

Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francis has now urged communities to bid for the fund, and said: “From historic piers, seafronts to lidos our coastal towns are awash with striking icons which we want to celebrate, but may have fallen into neglect and disuse over time.

“I urge communities to bid for this £3million Coastal Revival funding ahead of the deadline so they can kick-start restoration work and drive further investments so these icons can be restored to their full potential.

“This Government is committed to reviving our seaside towns and our multimillion pound Coastal Communities Fund is having a big impact on seaside economies. At least £90million more will be spent in the coming years.”

The Budget announced the Coastal Communities Fund will continue for another five years with a pot of £90million, giving communities another chance to take forward their vision for improving their seaside town.

Applications for the Coastal Revival Fund close on September 14.