Coastal Communities Fund gives more than £1.6m to region's coastal attractions
PUBLISHED: 09:35 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:16 26 January 2015
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Coastal attractions around the area have benefited from more than £1.5m in funding which aims to boost local businesses and create scores of new jobs.
Almost half a million pounds will be spent improving tourism skills along the Suffolk coast - including money to improve the Suffolk Coast Path Network between Southwold and Covehithe.
The money will go to Suffolk Coastal District Council, who put in a joint bid with Waveney District Council.
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey said: “This has been done to ensure that walking tourism is very much enhanced along that stretch of the path.
“Over half the employment in Southwold is based on tourism and the Coastal Communities Fund is there to support jobs that will help create that - and it’s the third year in a row we’ve had money from the Coastal Communities Fund.”
The money has come from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund which aims to help enhance growth in coastal areas.
North Norfolk Railway has received £497,000 to improve facilities on the railway, specifically Sheringham Station, which will benefit 90 local businesses and create 34 jobs.
North Norfolk Railway managing director Hugh Harkett, said: “This is huge, not just for us, but for the whole of north Norfolk, it is just absolutely brilliant news.”
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said: “This is fantastic news. This money will give an extra boost to staff and volunteers who do such amazing work.”
The money will mean a jobs boost for Great Yarmouth, which received £650,000 to provide business advice, training and job networking opportunities and support jobs in the area.
The funding will go to business support group enterpriseGY to help create 154 jobs.
Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis said: “I am delighted that enterpriseGY has been successful in securing this funding from Westminster.
“I have been lobbying Government ministers to impress upon them the need for this investment and, thanks to the excellent work of enterpriseGY, it has been secured.
“I am proud of what we have achieved over the last few years with investment in our schools, colleges, roads and flood defences and this continues that push for Great Yarmouth.
“I will always push for investment in our area, with local partners, and I look forward to seeing the difference that this funding will make.”
Great Yarmouth Borough Council has been given £650,000 to provide business advice, training and job networking opportunities and support jobs.
Trevor Wainwright, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “The funding will enable the borough council to expand, in both duration and impact, its business support service, enterpriseGY.”
Suffolk Coastal District Council has received £490,000 which will help improve a section of the Suffolk Coast Path Network between Southwold and Covehithe, develop food tourism and the installation of a viewing platform at Snape Maltings and establish a film festival.
Bruce Provan, Waveney Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “We are particularly pleased that this award will help us to greatly improve and secure the much-loved coastal path between Southwold and Covehithe, and to work with businesses in the Waveney area to improve even more visitors’ experience when they visit us.”
North Norfolk Railway
The money will be invested in the station in Sheringham to increase capacity for rising visitor numbers, as well as creating a new focal point for the town. The project will receive over £150k in additional funding from the North Norfolk Railway.
Chiefs at the heritage steam railway will start work in winter 2015 on a plan to flatten North Norfolk District Council’s toilet block and Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at Sheringham Station and rebuild better facilities, plus a new shop and office, on the site and on a piece of adjoining railway-owned land.
Planning permission for the scheme has already been granted.
There are plans to use some of the money and funding raised by North Norfolk Railway to improve the maintenance depot at Weybourne and create a new footbridge in Sheringham.