Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has welcomed a fresh injection of money into the Coastal Community Fund which could support regeneration projects in the resort.
Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry MP confirmed on Monday that the fifth round of funding for 2019 to 2021 will provide at least £40 million to help coastal areas in England further transform their economies and boost jobs in their local area. It will be open for applications in early 2018. Previous funding rounds have provided cash for Blackpool’s Lightpool Festival, now a major part of the annual Illuminations and funding towards a new conference centre at the Winter Gardens.
Paul Maynard MP said, “Blackpool has already benefitted from the Government’s commitment to regenerating coastal communities. The Lightpool Festival is now a major event on the resort’s tourism calendar, adding extra sparkle to the world-famous Illuminations. The most recent funding announcement, of £2.9m towards the cost of a new conference and convention centre at the Winter Gardens is a clear indication of the Conservative Government’s support for Blackpool. The latest round of funding provides yet another opportunity for Blackpool to seek investment from the Government and I look forward to seeing the ideas which are put forward to help create jobs and growth.”
Announcing the fifth round of funding, Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry MP said, “From the world-renowned Blackpool illuminations to Brighton’s i360, our coastal towns and cities have a lot to offer all year round. That’s why we’re backing them with another £40 million of government funding, helping to boost economic growth and create jobs. This year is already looking like another record year for staycations and our latest round of funding will help attract even more visitors to the Great British Coast so that our coastal communities can thrive.”