Funding on offer to help revive coast

Coastal communities in Wansbeck are being encouraged to consider bidding for money from a new government funding scheme that could help provide new amenities and create jobs.

Picture shows Cambois beach.

(Picture shows Cambois beach)

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery is writing to parish councils covering the Newbiggin and Cambois communities to draw their attention to the Coastal Revival Fund.

The Cambois area has the potential for attracting more visitors to what is a wonderful stretch of beach and I am sure additional funding would also be very welcome to perhaps develop new amenities there

Ian Lavery MP

The £3m programme announced by Coastal Communities Minister Penny Morduant is aimed at helping kick-start the revival of Britain’s coastal heritage that has the potential to create opportunities for businesses and jobs.

More than £1m will be divided between over 100 coastal community teams, and grants will be used as a catalyst to get struggling or difficult restoration projects under way as well as attracting additional funding from the private and charitable sectors.

Successful coastal community teams would each be handed £10,000 to establish themselves as well as receiving advice and support from the Coastal Communities Alliance.

Mr Lavery said: “Newbiggin has already benefited from being awarded £100,000 as one of the Portas Pilot towns, and this coastal revival fund could be another avenue to explore to see if further funding could be attracted to the town.

“The Cambois area has the potential for attracting more visitors to what is a wonderful stretch of beach and I am sure additional funding would also be very welcome to perhaps develop new amenities there as well.”

“Newbiggin has been a popular seaside town for generations and also has a long and proud seafaring history that is excellently told at the new heritage centre.

“Being successfully named as a Coastal Community Team could, however, be a further boost to bringing in even more visitors, and I would do all I could to help Newbiggin do that.”