Funding boost for Northumberland coastal villages

Seahouses Harbour
Seahouses Harbour

Three coastal communities in north Northumberland will benefit from funding aimed at bringing back jobs, growth and prosperity.

Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois has given his support to more than 100 new local teams that will help revive England’s seaside towns and decide where investment goes.

The Government has provided more than £1million to fund 104 further Coastal Community Teams, on top of 12 existing pilots, with one being a combined team for Seahouses, Bamburgh and Beadnell.

The teams – bringing together local business, councils and people – will help coordinate regeneration projects in their area and get the chance to shape the next wave of the Coastal Communities Fund, which the Budget confirmed would see at least £90million more spent in the coming years, as reported in last week’s Gazette.

Along with each area being awarded £10,000 to kick-start work, the teams will also be able to bid for up to a £50,000 share of a new £3million Coastal Revival Fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities which benefit the wider community and the surrounding economy, which is now open to applications.

MP for Berwick Anne-marie Trevelyan said: “I am absolutely delighted that the application from Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses has been approved by the Minister following our campaigning efforts.

“This is great news for our coastal communities and will provide financial and technical support to help us bid for cash from the Coastal Community Fund and Coastal Revival Fund – cash to improve infrastructure and help our economy grow.

“I met with the Minister this week to discuss Government funding prospects for the Berwick Harbour jetty.”