Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North East Coastal Towns Land PS6m Funding Boost

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North East Coastal Towns Land PS6m Funding Boost

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.co.uk

MORE than PS6m is being handed to seaside towns in the North East in an effort to boost coastal regeneration and create jobs.

The cash is being made available through the Government's PS36m Coastal Communities Fund and is set to result in nearly 236 jobs.

Whitley Bay's Spanish City Dome is among the projects to benefit. North Tyneside Council is receiving PS2m to help with the restoration of the Grade IIlisted Dome, bringing the building into use for commercial and leisure-based businesses. The refurbished building will provide work for 69 employees.

In South Tyneside, the council will get PS1.5m to improve the access and public space between the south and north promenades on the South Shields Foreshore, resulting in 52 jobs.

And the Seaham Marina CIC, in Durham, has been awarded PS1.7m to continue the regeneration of Seaham by creating watersports facilities, improved boatyard facilities with 23 extra berths, and better access to the beach and amenities. This will create 70 jobs.

Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "I created the Coastal Communities Fund because, as someone who grew up on a small island, I know how much difference targeted investment can make to people's lives.

"It's already supported scores of coastal communities from the Highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England.

"Overall, hundreds of communities across the UK will benefit, creating jobs and making sure that some of our most remote and fragile communities share in the economic recovery."

North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn said she was pleased with the news.

She added: "This is wonderful news for our residents, not just in Whitley Bay, but the whole borough and further endorsement of our Whitley Bay Seafront Masterplan and the PS30m that will be invested in delivering it. …

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