Coastal resorts welcome cash support
NEW funding for coastal resorts has been welcomed by East Lindsey District Council.
The authority has welcomed the Government's announcement that the Coastal Communities Fund will be increased to £29m from 2014, with more money available to support the rejuvenation of seaside resorts.
The council is keen to see more central Government money coming to the East Lindsey coast to help address issues associated with deprivation; including unemployment, the seasonal economy, and the need to help local people improve their skills.
The announcement came just days after Skegness and Ingoldmells were named as the seaside towns with the highest above-average levels of deprivation in Britain by the Office for National Statistics.
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The report found that deprivation levels were two and a half times the national average.
The council has already made bids previously to the fund and supported bids made by local organisations but these have been unsuccessful in achieving funding.
Councillor Craig Leyland, portfolio holder for economic regeneration said: "There is no getting away from the fact that our coast faces serious challenges around deprivation; but at the same time it remains a very successful tourist destination visited by millions of people each year.
"Although the Coastal Communities Fund has been massively over subscribed previously, it presents an opportunity for us to work with local organisations to create projects that meet the fund's criteria that provide a lasting benefit for the area, through regeneration, a more sustainable all year economy, training and jobs."