Hartlepool has been awarded £20,000 of Government cash to help attract investment to its coastal communities.
The town is one of 116 in the UK to benefit from the Coastal Communities Fund.
If you took any notice of The Economist, who said you might as well shut the door on Hartlepool and throw away the key, I think we have proven them totally wrong.Councillor Kevin Cranney
Hartlepool has been given £10,000 to help drive investment in Seaton Carew and another £10,000 to improve the Headland and Harbour area.
The funding is intended to be used to attract jobs, growth and prosperity through Coastal Community Teams that co-ordinate regeneration projects.
Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “This one nation government is determined to devolve powers and funding so that no corner of the country is left behind.
“This includes our historic coastal towns and cities that have in some cases fallen into decline in the past but can now ensure that the economic recovery is coming back to them too.
“Coastal Community Teams will help decide where that investment goes because local people know best what is needed to grow their local economy.
“We are backing them with £1 million of direct support and the Budget also confirmed that at least £90 million more will be spent in the coming years through the Coastal Community Fund, which these teams will have access to.
“By bringing together local businesses, local leaders and volunteers, Coastal Community Teams can help tap into their local heritage and make the most of our stunning seaside assets to make a success of the tourist trade.
“The teams can also help ensure local people have the skills and opportunities so that they benefit from the new jobs and investment too.”
Councillor Kevin Cranney, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services committee, said: “It shows Hartlepool is forward thinking and we have got a vision.
“If you took any notice of The Economist, who said you might as well shut the door on Hartlepool and throw away the key, I think we have proven them totally wrong.”