Cash snag for new coastal plans

COASTAL bosses say there is currently no money available to support a regeneration campaign.

Councillor Rob Crute, who represents Blackhall on Durham County Council, wants better facilities at Crimdon Dene.such as improved toilet access and a canteen.

He hopes this would herald a new era for the seaside resort and believes the scheme would cost abround £220,000.

Coun Crute has asked for a meeting with officers from Durham Heritage Partnership and the East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) to discuss the proposals.

The Labour councillor said: “I believe it is vital that every effort is made to redevelop Crimdon to its full potential to act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area and also to encourage tourism.”

But heritage partnership officer Niall Benson said finance was a major obstacle and added: “We have to look seriously at every possible solution to the issue of public toilets at Crimdon.

“It would be wonderful if we could find funding to solve the public toilet issue.

“The number of visitors to the Durham coast has trebled in three years and we need to have a serious think about how we actually manage people and the welcome we give them.”