Council welcomes coastal fund increase

Skegness Clock Tower.
Skegness Clock Tower.
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East Lindsey District Council has welcomed news that the Government will increase the Coastal Communities Fund to £29million from 2014.

The government fund increase comes after the Skegness area was named the most deprived coastal resort in the country.

The council says it is keen to see more central government money coming to the East Lindsey coast to help address issues associated with deprivation; including unemployment, the seasonal economy, and the need to help local people improve their skills.

The council has already made bids previously to the fund and supported bids made by local organisations but these have been unsuccessful in achieving funding.

Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “There is no getting away from the fact that our coast faces serious challenges around deprivation; but at the same time it remains a very successful tourist destination visited by millions of people each year.

“Although the Coastal Communities Fund has been massively over subscribed previously, it presents an opportunity for us to work with local organisations to create projects that meet the Fund’s criteria that provide a lasting benefit for the area, through regeneration, a more sustainable all year economy, training and jobs.”