Crimdon Beach hub plan gets £1.3m boost as Government gives its backing for coastal project

Visitors will be given a warmer welcome to a popular coastal hotspot as plans to create a £2.23million project to create a new community hub received a cash windfall.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 1:13 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 1:13 pm
Plans for visitor's centre at Crimdon

Durham County Council’s proposals to create a hub for volunteers at Crimdon Beach has received a £1.325million boost.

If the funding is all secured and the project gets the green light, the Durham Heritage Coast will have its own education, information and events venue, which will also help volunteers who help look after the stretch of coastline.

Related: £1.5m bid to create new cafe and volunteer centre to boost beach on outskirts of HartlepoolThe Government has said the cash will help shore up preparations for Brexit and support the economy after the UK leaves the European Union.

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Nationally, £36million has been allocated to help coastal communities, with innovative businesses, historic buildings, new museums and the restoration of much-loved coastal heritage sites among those receiving a windfall.

The region’s projects, which also includes a bird sculpture trail in Amble, are forecast to collectively support 290 jobs, and attract up to £1.5 million in additional investment from the public and private sectors.

This latest investment represents awards from the fifth round of the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and the third phase of the Coastal Revival Fund in 2018/19.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP said: “I am determined to support investment and development of our coastal communities across the North East and create an economy that works for everyone as we prepare for Brexit and beyond.

“All of the ambitious projects receiving funding today were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas.

“The sheer range of ideas demonstrate the potential of our coastal communities and will all create good jobs, boost growth and improve people’s lives now and in the future.”

Northern Powerhouse and Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP added: “This is an investment in the future of the Northern Powerhouse and our coastal communities which builds on their rich heritage and huge potential.

“The world-class attractions and innovative businesses supported by the Coastal Community Fund and the Coastal Revival Fund will increase tourism, encourage investment and ensure people thrive up and down the Great British Coast.”

The Government says today’s investment in coastal communities builds on its “commitment to ensure people have the opportunities to prosper no matter where they live.”

It recently announced the North East will receive at least £105 million from the new Stronger Towns Fund, a £1.6 billion investment which will enable new Town Deals across England, and the delivery of locally led projects creating new jobs, providing further training and boosting local growth.

The latest funding in the Coastal Revival Fund will see almost £136,000 allocated in the region.

The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool have been awarded £46,800 towards the restoration of the pool while essential repairs to Redcar’s St Germain’s Tower will be helped with £43,238 of funding.