Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Coastal towns receive cash injection

The Government has announced that Mablethorpe and Skegness will receive additional funding through the Towns Fund scheme as it looks to kickstart the economy and instil greater resilience in local communities.

Both Towns are already included within the Towns Fund programme and the local Connected Coast (Towns Fund) Board are in the process of finalising investment plans for each town in a bid to secure millions of pounds worth of funding.

However, it was announced this week that both towns would receive additional grant funding, with Mablethorpe receiving £500,000 and Skegness receiving £750,000. The funding has been allocated according to population size.

The Government has tasked East Lindsey District Council with identifying projects that can be brought forward within the current financial year, with a request that the projects focus on supporting the towns to respond to immediate issues, including projects that support improvements to green/open spaces.

The council will now work with the Connected Coast Board to identify suitably ready projects that fit the criteria outlined by Government and that will have a long-lasting positive impact on each area.

Councillor Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: “This is a very welcome announcement from the Government.

“It’s no secret that our coastal towns have really felt the impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing lockdown measures, and this funding will be vitally important in helping us support the area in its recovery.

“We’ll now work with our Connected Coast Board to identify some exciting projects that we can quickly bring forward and that will provide real long-term benefit for our coast.”

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Chair of the Connected Coast Board, added: “On behalf of the Connected Coast Board, we welcome this announcement and thank central government for recognising our towns and granting this much needed additional funding.

“We should treat this as a catalyst for future towns fund investment into Mablethorpe, Skegness and their surrounding areas. We have an exciting opportunity now to grow, innovate and support economic regeneration and diversity for our communities that will derive long term resilience and prosperity.

“To achieve this, we look forward to working with our communities, private businesses, District and County Council partners to name but a few. We had elected to name our Towns deal board the Connected Coast Board.

“This is purposeful as connectivity between our towns, people, plans and partnerships will be critical to achieve funding that will really be transformational for the environment we live, work, play in and want people to visit.”

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