The first 12 areas to pilot dedicated coastal teams that will aim to kick-start local economies and create jobs have been announced today (March 20), with Lincolnshire being one of those selected.
The chosen 12 will set up teams to ‘drive forward a long-term vision to revitalise their area’ and ‘make the most of its potential to create new businesses’ on the back of a £10,000 grant, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said in its announcement.
Along with each being awarded £10,000 to kick-start work, the teams will also be able to bid for a share of the new £3m coastal revival fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities which benefit the wider community and the surrounding economy.
Overseeing the pilot locally is Lincolnshire County Council.
Here, the team will work with businesses and communities near the two forthcoming Coastal Communities Team visitor centres (one at Gibraltar Point, the other a marine observatory at Chapel St Leonards) and the seal colony in the north to tap into this expanding market and help them to provide quality facilities, develop their marketing offer, and increase footfall.
Coastal communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Supporting seaside towns to unlock their enormous potential, boost local economies and contribute to the wider area is an important part of the Government’s long-term economic plan.
“These coastal teams will be crucial in driving forward ideas, harnessing local expertise and tapping into new business opportunities which will benefit the entire community. This includes taking advantage of our new heritage revival fund to boost neglected coastal assets and attract private investment.
“I urge other seaside towns to come forward and create one of these new innovative, forward-thinking teams to ensure they make the most of their potential.”